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Competitor leaves start line in an earlier edition of this extreme snowmobile rally-raid, held in Labrador
Photo Credit: courtesy Neil Simmons

Cain’s Quest: Extreme racing Canadian winter style

Original route through Labrador, 3,300 km.through mostly uninhabited wilderness. Extreme weather has forced a route change this year. (Cain's Quest 2014)

Original route through Labrador, 3,300 km.through mostly uninhabited wilderness. Extreme weather has forced a route change this year. (Cain’s Quest 2014) CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE

It’s the longest extreme sport of its kind in the world and definitely not for the faint of heart.

Its a 3,000 kilometre long snowmobile rally called Cain’s Quest which travels through the wilderness and arctic-like conditions of Labrador in winter.

This year 30 teams set off from Labrador City on March 1 in hopes of winning the $100,000 purse.

It’s extremely tough on man and machine and every year a number of team’s have to abandon.

In fact, due to the extreme cold this year, the original route has had to be changed, and 15 teams have pulled out due to accidents or breakdowns.

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Travelling vast stretches through the wilderness, teams have to carry survival gear, spare parts, and lots of gasoline © CBC

Racers are being rerouted back along the coast instead of through the interior to Churchill Falls where the overnight temperature was -21c with windchill at -31C

Windchills across much of Labrador today are around -25 C

Cain’s quest website

Cain’s Quest Facebook (included video)

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