Ice race organizers forced to change venue

Organizers of a motorcycle and quad race on the ice have been forced to change their venue location for this weekend’s event.

Organizers of a motorcycle and quad race on the ice have been forced to change their venue location for this weekend’s event.

Event co-ordinator Rhonda Pechout said the ice was too thin by only a few cm at Gull Lake, so the races will now take place at Cow Lake south of Rocky Mountain House.

The Second Gear Club will host races on Sundays, starting at 11 a.m. and finishing around 4:30 p.m.

Spectators will be able to see racers on motorbikes, sidecars, quads and utility vehicles zip along a 1/4 mile oval.

This Sunday’s races will be on the oval track only.

Other races are as follow — Sylvan Lake on Feb. 5 (oval-only race), and Cow Lake for the Rocky Mountain House nationals on Feb. 12 (oval and sprint).

There’s also another race at Gull Lake on Feb. 19 for oval and sprint racers to achieve national points, as well as a similar race at Lac La Biche on March 4.

“We’re hoping by Feb. 19 that the ice will be good at Gull Lake,” said Pechout.

Sprint ice racing is on a separate track resembling a go-kart track.

People are invited to park around the track and they can listen from their vehicle, if they wish, using the FM transmitter. Loads of families hold tailgate barbecues, stretch out on their lawnchairs and enjoy the crisp winter air. Cost is $5 per person and children 12 and under get in free.

For more information on entering or the races itself, go online at www.secondgearclub.com or email at info@secondgearclub.com

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