Middle Park graduate Wes Selby races in ISOC snowmobile series this weekend
December 15, 2016
The International Series of Champions (ISOC) snowmobile and snowbike racing series is coming to Grand County this weekend.
The event features top racers and riders from throughout the snowmobiling world. Among those who will be competing this weekend though will be at least one local face, Wes Selby. Selby was raised in Granby and graduated from Middle Park High School in 2003. For close to two decades now Selby has been racing snowmobiles competitively.
"I race for Artic Cat," Selby said. "I grew up riding snowcross, which are the kind of races that are here this weekend. Now I race cross-country too. Last year I won the points championship for cross-country racing."
Selby grew up in Granby but for the past couple of years he has lived in Minn. as he has focused his competitive efforts primarily on cross-country snowmobile racing. The races this weekend in Fraser will be snowcross races, as opposed to cross-country.
Snowcross races are shorter and often occur on constructed courses with racers making laps around the course. Cross-country races a significantly longer, sometimes lasting two to three days, and can cover a distance of anywhere from 100 to 500 miles typically. Most elite cross-country snowmobile races take place in the mid-west. Selby moved to Minnesota to be closer to where the vast majority of cross-country races are held.
Selby got into snowmobile racing in 1998 shortly after his family moved from Denver to Grand County. "My first year was 1998," Selby said. "I had never ridden a snowmobile before then. There was a snowmobile race in Fraser. We had just bought a snowmobile and we ended up going to the races and won. I have been racing ever since."
As Selby returns to race in Grand County he is among the elite riders in the sport and his experience has come full circle from where it all began. "We have had races on Grand Lake in the past that I wasn't here for because I was doing the national circuit," Selby said. "But it is pretty cool they are having a national race here. It is great to see all the top guys out, it is a whole different level. It's pretty cool that everyone will get to see the national riders. It will be like nothing you have seen anywhere else. Hopefully we can get a good crowd to turn out."
Any locals looking to catch Selby racing this weekend will be able to watch him on both Friday and Saturday. On Friday Selby will be racing on an Artic Cat SVX 450 snowbike in an event called a Snow White Race. On Saturday Selby will race in the Pro Plus 30 division on his Artic Cat ZR 6000 sled.
When asked how he hopes to perform this weekend Selby said, "I would say hopefully win, but I got second in both of those classes a couple of weeks ago. Anything can happen really, the main thing is to have fun. Hopefully everything goes good."
From Grand County the ISOC race series will head to Minneapolis Minn. but Selby won't be there. He will instead be at Pine Lake Minn. for the beginning of this winter's cross-country racing series. "Next week I will be transitioning into cross-country races," Selby said. "This will probably be the last time I get to race snowcross until March."
If you get the chance this weekend head on down to the Colorado Adventure Park in Fraser and cheer on one of Grand County's own as he competes against some of the top riders in the sport.