SOUTHINGTON, Ohio (WKBN) – Some people in Southington have found a way to have fun during these cold winter months. For the past ten years, a group of friends have been going to a lake that is sufficiently frozen to do ice races.
“Winter is a way to get through and enjoy the good weather,” said lake owner Jim Soltis.
Only 12 inches of solid ice separates these runners from a freezing lake bath.
“It’s like, sometimes, rarely because there will be several years where we can’t ride because it’s not thick enough. If you don’t have at least six to eight inches of ice, I don’t wouldn’t even try it,” said ice racer Dan Gedeon.
Gedeon has been riding motorcycles since he was 3 years old and is a former American professional Flat Track racer – but a friend took him out on the ice.
“He’s no longer with us, old Tom Morgan,” Gedeon said.
The bikes are custom modified for the track.
“These are motocross bikes that are lowered with special tires with bolts that we make or buy, with mudguards so that when we get close to each other we don’t tear our legs off,” said Gedeon.
It’s not only fun for the drivers, but the spectators are good.
“I just can’t do it, I’ve tried many times,” Soltis said. “You have to be special to be on a motorcycle on ice, I don’t know if something is wrong with a person or something.”