The Xtreme International Ice Racing (XIIR) professional racing tour is coming to The Family Arena in St. Charles, MO for one show only on January 27, 2018, as professional riders from all over the world take their bikes from 0 to 60 in less than 3 seconds with no brakes. 

“We’ll sell you the seat, but you’ll only use the edge of it,” says Anthony Barlow, a seven-time world champion racer and owner of XIIR who lives in the St. Louis area.

"Anthony lives in St. Charles County, but is originally from England," said Nancy Milton, local spokesperson for the event. "He has been in the US since the 1990s, and is known as the British Bulldog on the race circuit." 

Tickets range from $5 TO $25 and are available at Twelve and 24-person suites are also available for the event. More information on the races is available at

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on January 27 and and the racing begins at 7:30 p.m. The Family Arena is located at 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles, MO 63303.

XIIR (pronounced “X, Double I, R) is a professional motorcycle race held on ice inside the Family Arena. Known as the world’s toughest professional ice race, riders modify these speedway bikes and quads to compete on an indoor ice arena. More than 2000 metal studs are added to the bikes’ tires and there are no brakes, making this the fastest sport on ice and one of the fastest sports in the world.

The rush of so much power and speed on a surface as unpredictable as ice has whipped audiences into a frenzy and gained new fans across the country. Fans aren’t fooled by the appearance of the speedway bikes competing in this race. They are more than just mountain bikes with engines. They are equivalent to a 1200 cc crotch rocket engine in a mountain bike frame — a 4-stroke, 4-valve engine that runs on nitro methanol. This allows the engine to run at a higher compression, producing more horsepower.

The average family car has a maximum 8,000 revs where as an ice speedway bike has a maximum 14,000 revs. Four laps on a speedway bike compares to 10 minutes on a motocross bike. The power (90 horse power at the back wheel) to weight ratio (the bikes weigh only 180 pounds) is something that cannot be explained. Each rider gears his bike differently with 60 to 80 toothed sprockets, which are nearly the size of the wheel itself.

In addition to St. Louis’ Barlow, the 7-time World Champion, noted riders scheduled to compete at The Family Arena include Jade “Pretty Boy” Maloney, who is returning to defend his position as the only racer to have won all three classes — flat track, speedway and quads — in one season; Robert Pearson, the X-Games flat track racer; James “The Demolition” Mann; Kyle “Lego” Legault; Clayton “Captain America” Griswell; and Gentleman Jim Terchila, who won the last round of XIIR.

There will be a total of twenty to twenty-five races, consisting of heats where riders earn points to qualify for the Main Final Race. Heats consist of four riders racing handlebar-to-handlebar for four laps. The Main Event consists of six riders for six laps.

Many ask “Why so few laps?” This is done for many reasons. Anyone that has ever ridden a speedway bike immediately understands and would never raise that question however, as a spectator it is a common question. The best way to explain: Why does a Dragster Bike only go a quarter mile instead of a mile? Answer: The engine would blow and the rider would not have enough strength and endurance to control the bike. Another reason is there simply isn’t enough ice. The grip of the steel studded tires would soon hit concrete causing the bike to gain too much traction and head straight to the wall.

Local riders can compete in a race during the event but must register in advance at

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