Canadian snowbike MX nationals come to Revelstoke

Spectator-friendly pro snow bike event targets 1,000 participants and fans for first event.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017 Revelstoke, BC Pro snow bike mx rider Reagan Sieg gets familiar with the track at the Revy Riders Club earlier in January. Photo by Matthew Timmins

The Revy Riders dirt bike track has a new look for winter, and it’s brought enough attention to warrant hosting one of the biggest winter events of the season in Revelstoke.

The 2017 Motovan Canadian Snow bike MX Nationals Brought to you by Yeti will come to Revelstoke twice in February, showcasing the country’s top snow bikers in MX races, as well as a handful of other contests, competitions and entertainment.

Pro riders like Reagan Sieg, Cody Matechuck,, Brock Hoyer and Brett Turcott will compete in the first ever pro nationals for the sport.

Stuart McQueen, owner of MCQMX and the lead organizer and promoter for the event says although there is a huge growth in the sport. It’s the people in Revelstoke that have been the biggest factor on choosing the town to host the nationals.

“The people are good, they are receiving, and they want to work hard and build this, to the point where I want to partner with them,” he says. “There’s a huge community support here, and I love the area.”

McQueen, who mostly works with MX dirt bike events, says Revelstoke is also on the map to host the Grand Amateur National next year, the largest moto-cross race in Canada.

McQueen says traditionally competitive dirt bike racers will go south in the winter, spending a lot of money in the USA in order to keep competing and practicing. “This is not south, and they’re still on the bike. There are big similarities.”

The February 4 event will include the Valley Moto Sport Night Show brought to you by Arctic Cat featuring a freestyle backflip show with Brett Turcott, live music, beer gardens as well as the competitions. An expected turnout of over 1,000 spectators and over 100 bikes will make it one of the biggest events of the season in town.

There will be both pro and amateur competitions, so anyone is welcome to register, which can be done at http://mcqmx.ca/canadiansnowbikemxnationals/.

Entrance fees are $10 per person or $30 for a family, with the gates opening for the night show at 6 p.m.

Because this will be the first ever Canadian National platform for snow bikes, McQueen says they are starting small, with just the two events in Revelstoke this year. Next year, he says, he would like to turn it into a tour, with the finals always ending in Revelstoke.

The February 4 event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Revy Riders Club. Spectators looking to watch the pros are suggested to come around noon. The second round will take place on February 25.

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Matthew Timmins
Matthew Timmins is an Ontario-born photographer with a background in photojournalism. After working at local newspapers in Canmore, Banff and Jasper, he moved to Revelstoke for three years. He has spent the last two years travelling in New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia and Northern Europe. He now lives in Revelstoke again and can be reached at 226-688-8528.