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Revving up the Revelstoke Dirt Biking Scene

The Revelstoke dirt biking scene has always been defined by the landscape. With logging road networks feeding into endless mountain adventures at our doorstep, trail riding has always been part of the dirt biking scene.

When paycheques were generous in the Revelstoke Dam construction heydays of the 1970s and ‘80s, the Revelstoke dirt biking scene swelled into hundreds of riders, who met at the local track in town and also traded stories of trail exploration.

Riders come to the Revelstoke Dirt Biking trails for the subalpine machine-built experience. Photo: Steve Shannon
Riders come to Revelstoke for the subalpine machine-built trail experience. Photo: Steve Shannon

It ebbed and flowed since then, with the last Revelstoke dirt biking track in town closing in 2008.

Five years ago, the generation raised during the glory years decided to give back, and started building a new track and trail network on Westside Road. They’ve come very far, very fast, building an alpine trail network with a growing reputation.

“It’s a postcard in every direction,” says Chris Pawlitsky, the always energetic and enthusiastic president of the Revy Riders Dirtbike Club, describing the subalpine views that draw riders to their new trails.

Revelstoke's unique rainforest climate provides for stunning backdrops and challenging rides. Photo: Steve Shannon
Revelstoke’s unique rainforest climate provides for stunning backdrops and challenging rides. Photo: Steve Shannon

“I don’t think anyone has trails like we do — machine built with the views. They are just highly desirable. People like them. People are coming from all over,” he said.

Just 10 minutes from downtown Revelstoke, the Revelstoke dirt biking trail network is based around their track complex, which features three tracks — the main motocross track, an endurocross obstacle track, and a beginner track. The trailhead marker and maps near the trail detail the trails that form the network in the Lower Frisby and Deadman’s Creek areas.

The network features beginner to advanced rides with a mix of machine- and hand-built trails.

The Revy Riders track complex features a motocross, endurocross and beginner track. Photo: Steve Shannon
The Revy Riders track complex features a motocross, endurocross and beginner track. Photo: Steve Shannon

Pawlitsky explains the idea behind the design. “People want a nice trail with technical challenges, speed and flow,” he said.

The Revelstoke dirt biking tracks and trails have really only be operating for about four years, and improving each year. Word is getting out, with riders from B.C., Alberta visiting regularly. Touring pro teams are increasingly making the stop in Revelstoke.

Supported by tourism infrastructure funding from Revelstoke, the Revy Riders continue their push to expand the trail network this summer, and are adding a new loop trail right now.

The Revelstoke dirt biking track is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Chris Hrabb rides rocks on the Revy Riders trails in Revelstoke. Photo: Steve Shannon
Chris Hrabb rides rocks on the Revy Riders trails in Revelstoke. Photo: Steve Shannon

Revelstoke Dirt Biking 2015 Events

July 18: Triple B Ladies Only Revelstoke Dirt Biking Rally and Camp Out
Sept. 26: Papa John Classic family and friends fun ride celebrates Revelstoke dirt biking pioneer Papa John Archer.
Sept. 26: Red Bull On Any Sunday movie and Revy Riders MX School at the Revy Riders track.

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