Proposed upgrade for local motocross tracks – 100 Mile House Free Press

The South Cariboo Track and Trail Dirtbike Association is seeking grants to improve their motocross tracks.

The organization applied to the Northern Development Initiative Trust for a grant to provide drainage and resurface the 100 Mile motocross track. Association president Brandon Plewes said the work would include handing out a few truckloads of upholstery to give it a “nice motocross texture.”

Upgrades are desperately needed, he said, noting the track was submerged for much of the last year and memberships dwindled as it was a constant struggle to keep the track in a state passable, especially after heavy rain. The Cariboo Regional District supported the request.

“2020 has been a funny year, lots of wet weather caused our track to close almost more than it was open,” he said. “There was nowhere to go for water.”

Located two and a half kilometers down Ainsworth Road at the south end, the motocross track is built on the bones of the old one that existed when Plewes was a child. Although it is a good track, it is in dire need of upgrades.

Plewes said club members, the community and businesses donated $28,000 to the track in money and time. Without their support, he said the track could never have been rebuilt. He acknowledged that the club’s newest members of the club’s board of directors had played a key role in preparing the grant application.

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“We hope to get the grant because it would really help people enjoy their time here in town,” Plewes said.

Work on the track is expected to begin in May and be completed for the usual summer season in June.

Plewes said he would like to push the tourist aspect of off-road biking this year because there are clubs from the Lower Mainland coming here to use the track. These people stay in hotels and shop at local businesses, which he says gives everyone a boost.

The association will also install signage on the trails this year and develop an app to let cyclists know which trails they can or cannot use. This should help people keep their vehicles on designated trails while riding bikes, side-by-sides, and ATVs.

“Everyone has a cell phone on them, so if they can see they’re on a trail, they can go for a day and go 100 miles if they want to and not worry about rolling over or get lost there.”

Plewes, who used to ride the track when he was young, was instrumental in restoring the track because he wanted to give back to the community and provide families with a place to ride dirtbikes safely. . This happened around the 2017 wildfire and there was great public concern that bikers on Crown land would start more wildfires.

“It’s been really good. We got a lot of support from community members and a lot of support from people outside the community. We’ve always said we’re a vacation destination town,” Plewes said.

Since breaking both his legs on a mountain bike, Plewes no longer rides himself, but said he looks forward to training others and giving them the chance to have fun.


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