Greenwood Dirt Bike Club Unveils Racing Track for the 'Racing 4 Change


Greenwood Dirt Bike Club Unveils Racing Track for the ‘Racing 4 Change

Route 3 Racing working to make dirt bike racing more affordable for all

The rumble of engines filled the heart of Greenwood throughout the entire weekend as a burgeoning dirt bike club opened its track to riders of all ages, with a particular emphasis on introducing more children to the sport.

Route 3 Racing orchestrated its transformative “Racing 4 Change” event over the course of a captivating Saturday and Sunday. Participants ranged from young daredevils as tender as 10 years old to seasoned adults, some journeying from as far as Alberta and even the United States. Clad in leather gear and astride their dirt bikes, they converged on the track situated alongside Highway 3, adjacent to the tranquil Nikkei Garden.

The opening day was dedicated to practice sessions and registration for races categorized by skill level. Remarkably, all of these activities came free of charge, with the club generously providing some participants with both protective leathers and bikes. Angus McNeil, the co-director of Route 3 Racing, elaborated on their ethos, stating, “We call this Racing 4 Change because we do not charge, and that’s because I really hate how motorsports, in general, are dominated by the rich. People are free to donate, or if they want to sponsor a class or rider, they can do that.”

Dale Roberts, co-director of the club and McNeil’s spouse, held a slightly different motive for hosting these races. She envisioned a platform that would channel children’s energy into something positive and grant them a profound sense of belonging. “My mission is to keep kids from going down the wrong path,” she affirmed. She lamented the exclusivity that had crept into motorsports, with the exorbitant costs of bikes, protective gear, and entry fees putting them out of reach for many families. The club’s clubhouse actively collected donations to procure essential items like boots, helmets, and leathers, ensuring that anyone could give racing a try without financial constraints.

The track itself had a humble beginning, emerging from the ashes of an abandoned ice rink and recreational area last spring. McNeil recounted their petition to the city, expressing gratitude for the unwavering support that had made their dream a reality.

To express their appreciation to the city and their trailer park neighbors, the club arranged a heartwarming campfire-side concert.

By Sunday, their aspiration of introducing children to the world of racing had come to fruition. A number of youngsters had eagerly signed up and were raring to go. Annabelle Estrada, an enthusiastic 11-year-old, donned her gear and prepared for warm-up laps and races. Her passion for racing had been rekindled, having visited the track after some time away. She had previously participated in “one or two” races at the venue and, after a few practice runs, felt confident about her prospects of securing victory.

Bringing more children into the sport promised to inject new life into the racing scene around Greenwood, a sentiment shared by Jarred Mallach. A Greenwood native, Mallach recalled his own childhood, when he used to race through the mountains and backroads. He eagerly endorsed the idea of more youngsters getting involved, considering the track to be one of the city’s greatest assets. “Growing up here, we didn’t have a lot, and young kids try to find something to do and get into trouble, but this is free, and it’s amazing to see, and amazing the city has allowed this,” he enthusiastically declared. “We have nearly endless trails here, and I could spend years exploring them. I still find trails I never knew existed, and I’ve lived here all my life.”

Ben Wallman, another adult racer, concurred wholeheartedly that this initiative offered a positive and budget-friendly avenue for children to express themselves while acquiring valuable life skills. He acknowledged the traditionally steep costs associated with racing, pointing out that some tracks, such as the one in Mission, demanded up to $2,000 for a mere four days of racing. Nevertheless, he held onto optimism, highlighting that changes were on the horizon, with other tracks adopting more accessible pricing structures to foster greater inclusivity and affordability for all aspiring racers.


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