By: Lindsay Premo
The dust (well, in this case, hay) of Sno Barons Hay Days has settled and Scheuring Speed Sports rider Tim Tremblay has conquered the ultimate feat of winning the Trike Challenge. And while sights are set on the upcoming AMSOIL Championship Snocross opener in Duluth, Tremblay has been prepping all summer on two wheels instead of two skis.
Before Tremblay started his snocross career, he was a factory KTM rider in Canada. During his stint in Canada he took race wins in the MX2 class and podiums in the MX1 class. This past July, Tremblay competed in his first AMA Pro Motocross National at Southwick at the ripe old age of 29, qualifying fourth overall. He also was just shy of landing an AMA Pro Motocross number for the 2017 season.
“I started racing motocross around 12 years old,” he told Racer X in an interview this past July. “I wanted to be a motocross champion when I was young. I got a deal racing snowmobiles when I was still riding for KTM. I’m from a place that has a lot of snowmobiles, but I had never ridden one. I went and did that one winter and everything went pretty easy for me. I made the switch to the snowmobile just because the money was better. In motocross it was so hard to make money and everything seems to be so hard. The last 10 years I’ve been racing snowmobiles in the United States and riding dirt bikes as training.”
When asked how similar two wheels are to two skis, Tremblay said he thinks snocross is easier because it requires less balance, but because the sleds are heavier, it requires more strength, which he maintains by riding his bicycle and training in the gym.
“Both are pretty fun, a bit different, but you need skill and endurance on both. Snowmobiles are more about sprinting and the races are a little shorter. Motocross is a more mental game where you have to be smarter with line choice. It’s a little more technical.”
After a long day of racing snocross in the winter you can usually find Tremblay in a local restaurant watching Monster Energy Supercross. If he can’t catch it on TV he’ll stream it online, taking note of what strategies his fellow racers are using.
“Motocross is a dream of mine and I love watching them.”