Northland man to attempt record-breaking ice wheelie for good cause

Be careful on the ice.

Even the most hardened Northern Minnesotan will utter this phrase time to time. For one thing, ice is slippery. Your vehicle could lose traction and crash. For another, ice is frozen water. And if you’re on a frozen lake, you’re walking or driving on top of a sea of liquid hypothermia.

But we all know there are those who crave just a little more danger than the rest of us.

This Saturday, Feb. 2, Northern Minnesota native Cecil “Bubba” Myers will attempt a world record for fastest motorcycle wheelie on ice. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Lake Pokegama south of Grand Rapids at the Zorbaz Restaurant beach.

And he’s doing it for a good cause. His childhood friend Libby Niccum Albrecht is currently battling cancer. Her insurance doesn’t cover the kind of treatment she’s been receiving. Proceeds from a benefit after the wheelie demonstration will pay off loans for medical expenses and help the family live while she continues treatment.

Myers is the reigning world champion for high-speed wheelie driving. He’s one of four people on Earth to achieve a one kilometer wheelie at 197 mph, and the only American to do so.

Angie Stoltz has been leading efforts to raise funds for her friend Libby. She’s the one who connected former classmate Myers to the event.

Spectators may watch the world-record wheelie attempt from the Zorbaz deck or down on the beach. The 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday event will be family friendly. The benefit afterward will take place from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Grand Rapids Moose Lodge. A dinner will be available for $10 a plate, with prizes, live music and more.

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