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New season brings more big news from Revy Riders

A dirt bike trials demonstration held in Revelstoke last September has led to a full trials race here in June. - Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Times Review file photo
A dirt bike trials demonstration held in Revelstoke last September has led to a full trials race here in June.
— image credit: Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Times Review file photo

The Revy Riders dirt bike club is looking at expanding its motocross track and building a new beginner area.

Three years after the Revy Riders opened their track at the north end of Westside Road, they are applying to expand their tenure in order to lengthen the track, create a beginner trail, and expand the parking to make room for the pro riders they hope to attract.

The eventual goal is to hold a motocross race in Revelstoke, while also making it more beginner-friendly, said Chris Pawlitsky, the president of the Revy Riders.

"We've applied for more land because our area isn't really big enough," he told the Times Review. "If we want to hold a bigger motocross race, our track isn't big enough. To keep up the standard of Motocross BC, we need a longer track."

They have also applied to extend track hours to 8 p.m. from 7 p.m.

The Revy Riders have grown rapidly over the past three years since the opening of their track in late 2010. Since then, they have added an endurocross track and a 60-kilometre trail network on the lower flanks of Frisby Ridge.

This summer, the plan is to finish a 12-kilometre expert trail and build a beginner trail. The club has about $50,000 to spend on trail building this year, Pawlitsky said.

"We want to get more beginners interested and out there," he said.

The growth of the Revy Riders has attracted the attention of the dirt biking community. World Trials of Canada will be hosting the Western Canadian Championships here on June 28–29. Trials biking involves navigating over a series of challenging obstacles along a course. Pawlitsky said the event would make use of rock quarries left over from the dam building days.

"They excavated it and left some big rock areas that are perfect for trials," he said. "The riders will connect these trials areas and use our trails to connect to the stunts they want."

Also in talks is a major event sponsored by Red Bull, the major energy drink and extreme sports media company. Pawlitsky said there are several ideas in mind, though nothing has been finalized.

There is also a ladies ride planned for this summer, which will include riding clinics, bike maintenance classes and more.

 

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