FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Motocross Club is preparing for Covid Cup 2.0 this weekend.
If the first edition is any indication of what’s to come, it should be an excellent race weekend, says club secretary Chelan Harvey.
“Depending on the rain we have now, [the track] would probably be perfect. But if we get more and more rain, it’s going to be a mud race, which some people love and some people hate,” says Harvey.
Racers will have to modify their strategy if the track is sloppy.
“It’s a whole different way of riding, especially with the mud flicking up. When it’s dusty, you can still see if there’s someone in front of you. When it’s muddy, seeing is a huge issue. If they’re spitting up chunks of wet mud, it just sticks to your goggles. Also, it’s super slick and tough to ride in. Some people excel in the mud, and some don’t.”
The Covid Cup 2.0 will have 13 different classes running on June 19th and 20th, accommodating everyone from mini track pit bike races to professionals.
“The really little kids will race on the mini track, then the ladies classes, and we’ll have a couple of pros up here to race. Then there are the older guys over 50, so it’s a huge assortment of people.”
Due to uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions, the Peace Motocross Association was slow to decide on a race circuit this season. In normal years, the Fort St. John Motocross Club would be part of the circuit, but Harvey says the priority was getting back on track as soon as possible.
“We basically went ahead and said, regardless of whether we can travel to and from Alberta, we’re going to host a local race just to get our local racers out. We did it on our own without the PMA, which we haven’t done in a long time.”
The PMA has since announced that it will resume this season, but since they’re already underway in Fort St. John, Harvey says they likely won’t join the PMA this season.
“Considering we’ve already done our two races for the year, we probably won’t be a part of the PMA this year.”
Harvey says the club couldn’t have asked for a better response from racers for the first event.
“We were a little bit worried about that because we had to up our costs a little bit. We had to cover our own insurance and some other stuff due to COVID-19 that we had to pay for. But everyone was super willing; everybody was really good about the masks. Everyone is just super excited to get out on the bike, so it was really cool to see.”
Harvey says the club would not be able to operate without the generous support of its many local sponsors.
“The local help we receive is incredible. Because costs of COVID-19 have added up, we’ve had a lot of help from our sponsors to make this all happen.”