Revelstoke lands the first-ever Canadian Snow Bike MX Nationals

By Jason Portras

Round One of the first-ever Canadian Snow Bike MX Nationals took place at the Revy Riders’ Motorcross Racetrack down at the end of Westside Road this last Saturday, February 4.

Brock Hoyer takes the Canada Flag for a spin around the track. Jason Portras photo

It was followed by a night concert that was capped off with big stunts from X Games Silver & Bronze medallist, Brett Turcotte. He didn’t disappoint with his signature Superman seat grab backflip.

Brett Turcotte is a force of nature on a sled. Be sure to check out his YouTube vids for more action! Jason Portras photo

Round Two is set to go on Saturday Feb 25th at the same location from 8am to 4pm, followed by another Night Show.

Live entertainment was provided by a rocking band named All Above Me. Jason Portras photo

If you’re interested in seeing more of them, peruse on over to www.facebook.com/allaboveme

The event was put on by a BC-based, family-owned company named MCQMX, mostly known for running dirt bike races. It seems they’ve found a new avenue for heart-thumping adrenaline-pumping action… except set in snow. And what better place to do that than the snow-capital of Canada?

The snow never stopped for the entire competition. The track even had to be re-groomed multiple times. Jason Portras photo

Kids had a blast on Turcotte’s hill while the races rumbled on. Jason Portras photo

Forty competitors threw on their boots and helmets to shred their way through a day of non-stop snow in four open competitions with two runs each.

Competition was fierce. Jason Portras photo

Female competitors like Krissy Robinson were few and far between. Hopefully that changes as the sport grows! Jason Portras photo

Kory Ilnicki placed just off the podium in 4th place in the Pro Open class. Jason Portras photo

The four classes were Pro, Intermediate, Sportsman, and Mods. Pro and intermediate classes are set up to be consistent with 450cc maximum dirt bike motocross, whereas Sportsman class is for new comers to the sport, and Mods is pretty much an anything-goes class.

And they’re off! Jason Portras photo

Local boy Seth Chevrier took both the Intermediate and Mods titles, winning first place in both runs for each of those competitions.

Seth Chevrier flies with the best of them. Jason Portras photo

At such a young age, he’s had many notable finishes, most recently becoming a Canadian National Arenacross Champion in his class in 2016, so it’s not surprising that this kid can evidently pound the laps just as hard on snow. He’s got one helluva future ahead of him.

This young man has a very bright future. Jason Portras photo

Topping out the Pro Open competition were two recent X Games medal winners, Cody Matechuk and Brock Hoyer.

Matechuk chases down Hoyer. Jason Portras photo

In the first-ever Snow Bike race held by the Winter X Games, this past January 2017, Hoyer beat out Matechuk after Matechuk lost the lead when he stalled out his machine. Hoyer took gold in that competition and Matechuk took Bronze. For the Revelstoke races, the tables were turned, when Hoyer stalled out in the first heat, leading to a first place win for Matechuk and a second place overall take for Hoyer. They’ve got quite a rivalry brewing between them, and the tie-breaker could very well be Round Two on Saturday February 25th.

Matechuk & Hoyer have a real rivalry going on now. Jason Portras photo

Here are your top three in the Pro Open class: Cody Matechuk in 1st, Brock Hoyer in 2nd, and Cory Graffunder in 3rd. Jason Portras photo

If you like adrenaline sports, be sure to drop down to the end of Westside Road on February 24th for Round Two. Jason Portras photo

If you’d like more information on the upcoming second round, check out mcqmx.ca/canadiansnowbikemxnationals/index.php/spectators

If you’d like to see more pictures from the event, you can see 100s more at the Revelstoke Life & Times Facebook page.

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