Red Deer County Brothers Competed in Canada’s Largest Motocross Competition – Red Deer Advocate
A pair of brothers from Red Deer County are back after having an unforgettable experience at the 2022 Walton TransCan National Championship in Ontario from August 10-13.
Clayton Schmucki, 18, and his little brother Trey, 11, lived a dream after qualifying for the tournament by winning two of 42 spots in one of the biggest amateur motocross events in the country.
“It was a very cool experience. It’s the biggest race in Canada, so it’s very competitive, so it was just a cool experience to go out there and race,” said Clayton.
Clayton competed in the 250cc Open Intermediate and 250cc Intermediate classes. He explained that in the first 250cc intermediate he finished second and in the open intermediate he came in eighth. In the second 250cc intermediate, he ended up crashing on the course and couldn’t finish the rest of his races.
Trey did very well in his races, said Clayton, the youngster finished fourth in his 65 class and 10th in his 65 class 10-11.
Clayton said to qualify for the national championship they take four riders from each province and in the bigger provinces they take a few more like in Ontario. The brothers qualified after being among the top in regional qualifying in Raymond, Alta.
Clayton said it meant a lot to him to qualify for the Grand National Championship.
“Only the best can go there and it’s a very high competition and if you get there you’re one of the best in Canada,” he said.
The duo became interested in the sport because their father, who did it for fun, was into motocross and riding motorcycles. While the boys were young, it was something they would all do together before Clayton and Trey started considering competing at a high level.
“We started getting serious and then we started training really hard and putting in more,” he said. “Our whole family sort of does it. It’s like our whole hobby and it’s a family activity. My brother’s whole run and it’s great fun.
Clayton also competed in the National Professional Series this summer with the Grand National Championship as the final meet of the year. They will take some time before they start training again this winter full-time in Georgia at a training center with professional instructors.