Torchmate Racing Tyler Thomas and Matt Shrive will Compete At 2011 Arctic Man

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Matt Shrive (left), Tyler Thomas (right)

RENO, NV     APRIL 5, 2011   Torchmate Racing Tyler Thomas and Matt Shrive will compete in the 2011 Tesoro Arctic Man Friday April 8, 2011 in Summit Lake, Alaska approximately 280 miles north east of Anchorage.  A combination of downhill snowboarding and snowmobiling, Arctic Man is a 5.5 mile race that only takes 4.5 minutes to complete.   Tyler Thomas remembers, “I asked Matt one day at work ‘Hey Matt, do you want to go 100mph behind my sled holding onto a 15ft rope?’  His answer was ‘Yea, sure I will!’  Not your average guy wants to go 100+ on a snowboard let alone behind a snowmobile, so I knew I had the missing link to make this dream happen!”

Matt Shrive, X-Games and World Cup snowboarder, will start at the top of the 5,800ft mountain and will drop 1,700ft within two miles into a canyon.  When Shrive hits the canyon, Tyler Thomas will meet up with him on the snowmobile at speed and connect the two with a towrope.  The pair will continue uphill for about two miles hitting speeds close to 100mph.  At the top of the second mountain, the pair separates and Shrive will snowboard down another 1200ft to the finish line.

“To make the event the length that we desired, we had to link one hill to another,” commented Howard Thies, creator and race director.  It is a rare combination to ever see skiers and snowmobilers together since the worlds are well disconnected, but in this rare combination they have to be a fluid team.  The most challenging part will be getting the handle into the hands of Shrive as Thomas approaches at speed and paces the snowboarder.

tyler thomas matt shrive artic manBoth currently from Reno, Nevada, 19 year old Tyler Thomas will be driving a 2011 Polaris RUSH 600.  Matt Shirve, a seasoned competitor and former US Snowbard Team member, will be riding a Burton snowboard.

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About Tyler Thomas: Tyler Thomas was winning snowmobile competitions before he was even old enough to drive. At only 19 years of age, he has already racked up an impressive list of accomplishments that include podium finishes at the 2005 and 2006 Semi-Pro 600cc Hill events at both Mount Shasta Ski Resort and Boreal Ski Resort. His talents have not gone unnoticed by the media either, earning Thomas spots in films including “The Go Big Project” and “Keep Tahoe Real”. 2011 will be a pivotal year for Thomas as he represents Torchmate Racing at the Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic and attempts to qualify for the Winter X-Games.
Marketing Partners: Torchmate, SoCal Super Trucks. Reno Cycles and Gear, Big Lake Powersports, Walker Evans, Polaris, Novik gloves

About Matt Shrive: Matt Shrive works for Speed Technologies competing in desert racing events such as the Baja 1000 and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Short Course Series. His first Baja 1000 victory came in 2006, where he co- drove for Chuck Sacks in Class 500. That first victory came in Shrive’s very first race in Baja. While he was new to desert racing at the time, Shrive is a seasoned competitor and former US Snowboard Team member. He has competed in the Winter X-Games in Bordercross six times, as well as competing in World Cup and Grand Prix events around the globe. Shrive has been snowboarding for 21 years, and loves it as much now as the day he started.
Marketing Partners: Torchmate, SoCal Super Trucks. Reno Cycles and Gear, Big Lake Powersports, Walker Evans, Polaris, Novik gloves

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