2017 CMA Alberta Provincial Oval Ice Championship
Go to RESULTS page and click on 2017 Jan 29 results and manual results (heat details). Overalls have not yet been tallied.
Sunday, Feb 5th Oval Ice race is a GO! Look forward to seeing you all back for Round #3 at Mulhurst Bay on Pigeon Lake.
Check out our Facebook page for photos of last weekends race. Blue skies and no wind made for a fabulous day of racing. Temperature of -5 degrees maintained perfect ice conditions.
ATV Nonstudded 2WD presented a full starting gate making for 'on the edge of your seat racing'. The skill of finding that sweet spot of just enough power without throwing yourself into a spin is truly a delicate situation and some may argue its an art. This is a seriously competitive class but there must be some moments when they break out giggling, at least I know I would be. This may very well be the most fun class of the day. Don't miss out on this class next weekend. Watch out for #904 Jon Yarwood, this guy knows how to get through traffic, and when you have so little traction, it is impressive. Kent Brooks (1st) and Bradley Brooks (2nd) of Wetaskiwin had the edge this weekend holding off Yarwood who had to settle for third place.
ATV Studded classes are always exciting. Great to have a couple of the Lac La Biche boys racing with us this weekend. Congrats for new racers Roger Pequin for taking home the win in Novice and Jay Blake in Intermediate. The ATV Expert class has Kyle Tisdale and Coleman Maddox heading into round three tied with points. These two racers just don't back off, ever! Incredible how close they race every heat!
ATV Nonstudded Ladies were showing their competitive spirits with great passes and close racing. Way to go Ladies!
Youth motorcycle racer, Christine, took a tumble into corner four, but that didn't seem to phase her as she bounced up and was determined to make it to the finish line. This girl knows how to crank the throttle on her Honda 150R!
UTV racers lined up to pick their starting gate position. With 10 UTV's in the studded class, there were a couple lines at the gate. #26 Chris Bloxham, Open Studded class, had a successful day on the top box while #23 Ray Curry took home the bragging rights in the UTV non studded classes.
In the Expert and 4 stroke classes, racers pushed their limits for the #1 spot. There were definitely a few thrills and spills. In particular with #777 Travis Reed and #29 Carter Lowry sliding out in corner one on lap 2 or 3. It's intense when a rider falls on the course and it is with great respect and quick thinking to choose the safest exit plan even if that means tossing yourself and bike into the snow drift. There was definitely some air time for Travis! Regardless, these two jumped up, dug out their bikes and still managed to make it to the finish line completing the necessary 4 out of the 6 laps order to acquire points. IMPRESSIVE!
Great to see the younger riders working their way to the front of the pack even though they've only had one race under their belt! Luke, Clayton and Kurt do not seem at all intimidated and are picking up speed. I believe each one of them hit the podium in all of their Novice and Intermediate level classes. Note that these fellows are too young to drive....a car, but they sure have two-wheels figured out!
The Veteran class is extremely tight racing with the majority of the pack leaning into each corner side by side for the entire duration of the heat. How do they do that?!!!! This group of intermediate and expert level riders are aggressive, which is necessary with bar-to-bar racing. Backing off is not an option when you're dragging the foot pegs through the corners. Round two had Craig Andrew of Eckville shining. Althought he did not always having the best starts, he was on fire moving his way through the pack. Good job Craig. There is a lot of experience in this class. Shane Lowry always ups the bar for the other riders after, I'm guessing, a tenure of 20 years ice racing. However, the other riders take the bait with Yvo Schmucki and Shane closely battling in round one. Round two had Darrell Brosinsky leading the pack.
Don't miss out on Bourbon BBQ's delicious burgers, pull pork sandwiches and more. Thanks to Brian and Bourbon BBQ Hot concession for keeping the crew and spectators fed and energized.
I'm looking forward to the Lac La Biche Winter Festival of Speed. The town goes all out for the racers with a free meal and prize money. Be sure to book your room and I really encourage you not to miss out. YOU are their entertainment along with sled drag racing, car racing and more. Please book your calendar. It's a blast! Let's give them a show! This is a National and Provincial points event. This gives every racer the opportunity for a National Championship regardless of your Provincial points for the rest of the series.
Thanks to our major sponsors;
- Turple Bros.
- Baumann Hoe & Bobcat (grading)
- Twisted Shifter Performance
- UTV Canada
- YB Quality Meats
Thanks to volunteers of the Second Gear Club. We really appreciated having some new volunteers this weekend to help out us old ones! LOL.
Special thank you to the Baumann family for maintaining and grading the track and for the odd tug off the ice. And to you too Susi for manning the gate.
See you all in 6 days!
Lapscorer with the best seat in the house!