Riders are clear of the storm.
Stony Plain BMX is preparing to launch its season next week as the province continues to trend in the right direction with vaccinations, hospitalizations, and case counts.
The club enjoyed a semi-regular season last year between May and September with roughly 100 riders — down from 140 in 2019. Besides a cohort limit of 10 riders, the only notable impact to the season was the cancellation of the 2020 Alberta BMX Provincials. Practices were held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and in-house races were conducted on Mondays and Thursdays in order to make up for the loss of regular out-of-town competition.
“The riders are understanding of what’s going on. They’re kids so they get that it’s just the way it is. But in Stony Plain, we’re lucky because our track is open to the public so you can go ride the track anytime you want,” said Stony Plain BMX President Gerry Cameron.
This week, the Government of Alberta launched Stage Two of its Open for Summer Plan which permits youth and adult sports to resume activities with no restrictions. Last night, Stony Plain BMX held its “New Rider Orientation” and the club plans to commence practices next Tuesday and Wednesday. The week of Jun. 21 will see the return of in-house race nights on Mondays and Thursdays. The hope is to once again compete at different tracks by July.
Currently, the 2021 Provincials are scheduled over eight weekends spanning Jun. 26–Sept. 12. However, these dates are subject to change should restrictions be rolled back again. A more condensed schedule of six weekends between August and September is also being taken into consideration.
Unlike other sports, those interested can sign up at any point during the season. Registration information can be found at stonyplainbmx.com.
“They’re all pretty excited to get back on. We’re just hoping to get back to racing and I want to see a lot of the riders come back. We lost a couple last year because of all this and I’d like to see those guys get back on the track and just have a good time,” said Cameron.