The potential growth of Revelstoke as a dirt biking destination has received a boost with the creation of a 50-kilometre trail network in the Frisby Ridge area.
Last fall the Revy Riders dirt bike club received approval for 15 kilometres of trails. By linking up with old roads and trail, the club has created a 50-kilometre network, according to president Chris Pawlitzky.
“We linked some of the old skidder roads on Frisby and some old roads that have been there forever, we re-furbished those,” he said.
As well, the club is busy working on new trails that will further expand the network.
Pawlitzky described the new trails as “fast and flowy.”
“It’s going to be awesome,” he said. “This trail we’re working on right now is going to be a Revelstoke beginner, which means it’s going to be a little tougher than beginner.”
The trails were laid out by Joel Pirnke, he said, and volunteers went in to brush the right-of-way. The final work is being done by Little Big Works.
The new trails will help put Revelstoke on the map as a dirt biking destination, with a motocross track, enduro cross track (currently in the works) and trail network all accessible from the same parking lot, said Pawlitzky.
The trails are being built to be beginner and intermediate friendly so families will ride here. Expert trails will come later.
“That’s what we want to bring to Revelstoke,” said Pawlitzky. “Look at how many snowmobilers come here – there’s that many people that have dirt bikes.”
For Pawlitzky, these are all exciting developments. The club lost its old track near the Industrial Park several years ago but in 2010 it acquired tenure on Crown land for a new track near the Revelstoke Dam and last year it got approval for the trails.
“I don’t want to say world class, but I will say Canadian class race,” he said, when mentioning the possibility of hosting a race in the future.