HAVRE BOUCHER: Sinclair Ryan is an avid snowmobile enthusiast who recently traveled over 3,000 kilometres, along with his wife Rochelle, to attend the largest snowmobile event in North America.
Ryan, a former resident of Guysborough who now resides in Havre Boucher, attended Hay Days 51 in North Branch, Minnesota on September 9 and 10, capturing third place overall in his 800 Shoot-Out class.
Ryan says there were over 19,000 people in attendance at this event and everyone he met was very kind-hearted and accommodating. He said it felt like he was back home in Nova Scotia. Ryan was very pleased to compete with the male and female racers and he saw some of the fastest sleds in North America.
Most racers have factory teams and big sponsors, for a small-time racer to compete at this level and place third overall was quite an accomplishment.
In May of this year, Ryan began building his sled, an Arctic Cat XF800. It arrived as a large pile of parts but he put it together with a lot of hard work.
Ryan’s first race with the new sled was at Rivers Edge Dragway in New Brunswick. It is a three-race points series and he currently stands second in points in two divisions and first in points in the third division with two races remaining.
The next race is in Oromocto on September 30, followed by a third event in Epping, New Hampshire. Ryan says the Epping event is one of the largest on the east coast, so he is looking forward to it.
Looking ahead to the future, Ryan hopes to get more test time on his sled as he only has two races under his belt with the new machine. He says he consistently has to make changes between the various race tracks, also taking into consideration the weather conditions.
Securing sponsors is of huge importance as snowmobile racing is a very expensive sport. Ryan would like to thank Guilford Group; Dalton Industries; Scotia Air Balance; Hi-Tech Mechanical and Coatings; Subway in Auld’s Cove; RBN Fisheries; Micro Machine of Linwood; Green Diamond of Antigonish; Richard Jameison General Contracting; the Medicine Shop in Port Hawkesbury; Wilde Bros. Construction; Mac Motor; Admiral Auto Glass in Antigonish; and Ron MacGillivray Chev-Olds.
Winter is just around the corner and Ryan is hoping to get sponsors for races in the Maritimes and in Quebec.
Ryan would like to thank his family, friends, and his wife Rochelle, who supported him throughout the competition. He also thanked D&D Performance, a team from New York who competed against him but took the time to answer a small time racer’s questions.