It will be nonstop action at the DORVA tracks, next to the Stampede Barn, this weekend as motocross riders from all over Alberta participate in the Alberta Championship Series on Sunday and Monday. Quite a few Drumheller riders will be racing as well, including Tori and Spencer James, Decklin and Barett Christensen, and Ben and Dustin Fooks, who are some of the top riders in Western Canada.
An exciting weekend is getting ready to roar at the Drumheller Offroad Vehicle Association (DORVA) track next to the Stampede Barn.
On Sunday, August 4, and Monday, August 5, motocross riders from all over Alberta will come to Drumheller to race in rounds six and seven of the Alberta Motorsports Association Alberta Championship Series.
The races will be a chance for Drumheller’s riders to shine.
“A lot of the riders, like Tori and Spencer James, Barett and Decklin Christensen, and Ben and Dustin Fooks are top riders in Western Canada,” said Sherry Christensen, with DORVA. “On Sunday, we all rode together and they are so excited to race on their home track.”
On Saturday, the club will be holding a practice day at the track, followed by the Mud Bog and tug-of-war.
“We thought it’d be a way to get some laughs back in motocross. We had it last year and it was a blast. Everyone has so much fun, so we decided to do the tug-of-rope again,” said Christensen.
The following day, the official races begin. On the smaller track, the 50cc and mini ATV races will be held. On the larger track, everything else will ride. The races are part of the official Alberta Motorsports Association standings.
“It’s all based on points. At the end of the season, all the points are tallied and then used to determine the provincial champion,” said Christensen.
It is expected the races will draw quite a few people to the Valley over the three days.
“Last year we had 600 people walk through the gates, which is great for Drumheller. Around three-quarters of the people who come stay overnight,” said Christensen.
Not only will the races help Drumheller, they will also help send the Drumheller Titans to Hawaii. Members of the Titans will be volunteering over the three days and, in return, DORVA will donate to help send the team to Hawaii.
The races are part of DORVA’s rapid growth over the past few years. Last year, new starting gates were installed. This year, a new irrigation dugout and system were constructed, and a new side-by-side track was built for larger vehicles.
The practice and Mud Bog will be held on Saturday, with races on Sunday and Monday at the DORVA tracks.