Motorsports on a frozen Sylvan Lake used to be a pastime for the community. But then, an unexplained hiatus.

Until Sunday, when the Rocky Motorcycle Club hosted a leg of the 2018 Alberta Provincial Oval Ice Racing Championship Series, where more than 100 drivers raced bikes, quads and UTVs around a quarter-mile track.

Brian Roberts is the club’s president and says the group has taken over organizing the races from Calgary’s Second Gear club. This year, they’ve held races at Pigeon Lake, Cow Lake and Gull Lake.

For Sylvan Lake, Roberts hopes it’s the start of a renewed tradition.

“We’re hoping we can keep this going in Sylvan Lake. It’s one of our favourite venues,” Roberts says. “The public exposure is incredible. It’s just fantastic for the club and for the public. There’s a lot of smiles going around here. Everybody seems to be enjoying the show we’re putting on.”

The show, of vehicles speeding around the track at 100 km/h, is as exciting for the participants as it is for the spectators.

“It’s an adrenaline rush, that’s for sure. It’s the feeling of passing people, railing corners, it’s pretty awesome. I can’t stop smiling the whole time I’m out here,” says Courtney Schmale, who was riding her bike in the Women’s Motorcycle and 450 Novice classes.

The 26-year-old Sylvan Lake woman only started racing on ice this year, after being recruited by Roberts’ family. The key to a good race, she says: a strong start and a willingness to leave your comfort zone.

“If you aren’t scared going into a corner, you’re probably not going fast enough,” Schmale says.

Lacombe’s Dan Theoret chooses a heavier vehicle -- a non-studded ATV. Without metal implants in the tires for traction, he says rounding corners puts his driving ability to the test.

“You have to slide and you have to drift. So it’s a lot more finicky going into the corner and maintaining that corner all the way through.”

Roberts says the Rocky Motorcycle Club has about 400 members, who race in motocross and hare scrambles in the summers.

Both his 19-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son race. Roberts says it doesn’t take much to get people to realize that they have a need for speed.

“I’ve got two other people here today, riding my bikes, that I suckered into this sport just by letting them have a test drive. One ride on the practice track and they had to ride the season.”

More Local Sports

AFL season approaches as Buccaneers play intra-squad game

The Central Alberta Buccaneers played their intra-squad game at MEGlobal Athletic Park in Lacombe last Saturday. As the Bucs approach the start of the Alberta Football League season, head coach Fred…

Viking Projects to sponsor the 2019 Allan Cup in Lacombe

The Lacombe Generals had a pretty successful season last year, and exciting plans are in order for the upcoming season, including hosting the 2019 Allan Cup. Tuesday morning, GM Jeff McInnis made the…

'Fight for Hope' Raised at least $40k, Lacombe Boxer Raised the Most

The 2nd annual 'Fight for Hope' up in Grande Prairie this past Saturday is shaping up to be a huge success, with the final fundraisers numbers still being counted, and all proceeds going towards the…

Sylvan Lake Hockey Player Excited for Alberta Cup

Action starts this morning (April 26th) at the 2018 Alberta Cup, with the top 2003-born male hockey players from across the province hitting the ice in Spruce Grove. Jayden Henderson is a forward out…

Generals Look Ahead To 20th Season And Hosting Allan Cup

With their second season in Lacombe behind them, the Generals are really starting to feel at home as they look ahead to their 20th year as an organization. Generals GM Jeff McInnis says it’s great to…

Local Boxer Taking on Kids Cancer at 'Fight for Hope' Bout

Boxers from across the province and from all age groups are heading to Grande Prairie on April 28th for the 2nd annual 'Fight for Hope', a fundraiser put on by a local father after his son was…

Battle River Shock wins first game of season in Lacombe

The Battle River Shock earned its first win of the season in the Capital District Minor Football Association on Saturday with a 31-30 win over Fort McMurray. With the victory at MEGlobal Athletic…

Highs & Lows For Lacombe Generals This Season

Another season has come and gone for the Lacombe Generals and with it came the highs of winning league and provincial championships and the low of missing out on a fourth Allan Cup. Being a few days…

Stoney Creek Defeats Lacombe To Win Allan Cup

The Lacombe Generals finished their season on a heartbreaking note Saturday night, dropping a 7-4 decision to the Stoney Creek Generals in the 2018 Allan Cup final. Lacombe struck first early in the…

Generals Vs Generals In The Allan Cup Final Tonight

It will be an all Generals final at the 2018 Allan Cup Championship in Rosetown, Saskatchewan tonight. The Lacombe Generals defeated the Elsipogtog Hawks in their semifinal game last night 4-1, while…

CochraneNow.com is Cochrane's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login