In Europe and on the West Coast, supermoto racing is the true test of guts for speed demons. On Saturday, Northeast Ohioans will find out what the buzz is about at Lorain Speedway's KTM Supermoto Expo and Motocross Race. The contest gathers 100 racers, all retirees from the body-taxing supercross circuit. "These guys used to soar 50-plus feet in the air," explains spokesman Tom Kurtz. "They [used to] get beat up pretty bad. This is a lot less stressful, but it's very, very competitive." While racers compete on the speedway's short track, spectators can take a spin on supermoto bikes on an asphalt oval nearby. And don't worry about frigid weather, says Kurtz: "If nothing else, you've got a 450cc bike beneath you. You're going hard into turn one and hanging onto this big bike. You'll be plenty warm. Trust me." The expo starts at 8:30 a.m., race time is 11 a.m. at Lorain Speedway, 46279 Telegraph Road in Amherst. Admission is $8. Call 216-447-7888 for more information. -- Cris Glaser
There's no doubt that 2004 U.S. mogul ski champ Jillian Vogtli (pictured) is a talented gal. But she also relies on intuition to guide her on the slopes. After a knee injury derailed her a couple years ago, she "listened to [her] gut" and made a triumphant return. She'll talk about her victories at Saturday's Winter Ski & Snowboard Expo, an annual gathering of vendors, clinics, and demonstrations focusing on cold-weather sports. Vogtli will also preview some of the moves she'll be busting this season. "I'll be doing a back flip, with a cross and a trick, called the Lincoln Loop," she says. "It's more or less a cartwheel with skis." The expo runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Independence Holiday Inn (6001 Rockside Road). Admission is $6, $2 for kids. Call 330-966-7779 for more info. -- Lucy McKernan
Scott Hamilton & Friends will flash their Olympic medals at the annual skate-o-rama happening on Saturday. Even better, LeAnn Rimes will be there, singing a bunch of glossy pop songs that will accompany all the fancy moves the skaters will be performing on the ice. Joining Hamilton, a cancer survivor and four-time world champion, at this year's outing are fellow Olympians Kristi Yamaguchi, Ilia Kulik, Brian Orser, and Rosalynn Sumners. Scott Hamilton & Friends hits the ice at 5 p.m. at Gund Arena, 1 Gateway Plaza. Tickets range from $24.50 to $59.50, available by calling 216-241-2121. -- Cris Glaser
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