Ross Mercer of Whitehorse, Yukon, jumps 80.3m (263.5'), breaking previous
record of 74.6m (245')
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO, March 12 /CNW/ - Canadian Ross Mercer took
snowmobiling to new heights today by establishing a new world record of 80.3m
for longest snowmobile ramp jump, surpassing the previous record of 74.6m.
Mercer performed the jump at The Compound, the world's largest snowmobile
terrain park, located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. An official world-record
attempt, Mercer's accomplishment was verified by Landmark Surveyors, and has
been filed with Guinness World Records.
"I just went as fast as my sled would go, and I exceeded my
expectations," said Mercer. "My goal today was 250 ft., but going into this I
really didn't know what to expect. Once you get out here those numbers get
pretty big when you're trying to do them on a snow machine."
Born in the former mining town of Cassiar, BC, and now residing and
training in Whitehorse, Yukon, Mercer has taken advantage of his natural
hometown environs to emerge as Canada's best freestyle sled-X rider, and is
considered among the world's elite. As a discipline, freestyle sled-X has
risen from a scattered group of amateurs to one of the fastest growing winter
sports, generating worldwide audiences everywhere from the Winter X-Games to
Red Bull Revolution on Machines in Moscow, which drew over 30,000 fans to Red
Added Mercer: "I'm just really happy to be part of the process and
pushing the sport to new levels. I'm looking forward to going home,
celebrating and resting."
Mercer's feat comes after months of planning and collaboration with
sponsor Red Bull. Performed on a 2007 Ski-Doo race chassis with an 800 engine,
the world record jump came after a methodical training program where Mercer
gradually increased his speed and the distance of the ramp from the landing.
On the final jump, Mercer hit the ramp at a brave 126 km/hr.
"The radar gun was key because we started close up and then moved back
10 feet at a time, keeping careful track of my speed and making sure there
were no surprises," continued Mercer. "It was very systematic and I didn't
have a bad landing the entire time."
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