By Myles Fish
Red Deer Advocate
Growing up racing, the Alix Xtreme Raceway was Devin Rochon’s favourite track.
The dirt is good, he said, and the many elevation changes in the layout made Rochon a fan.
It is a good endorsement to have, said Xtreme Raceways owner Greg Martens, as Rochon serves as a positive motocross influence on young riders.
But Rochon will not be able to ride at the track in any Canadian Motocross Racing Circuit competitions this year.
The track has hosted three circuit races in past summers, but due to a health issue and painful knee injury for Martens, there will not be such races at the track near Alix in 2013. Despite that, the Alberta Oldtimers will be racing the track on July 20-21, and Martens is gearing up for another good season of recreational riding at the track.
“We’ve had some really good recreational numbers (in the last few years). It’s all very positive. I look forward to what this season brings and what the next couple will as well,” he said.
Lacombe County limits the hours the track can be ridden — the track is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and on two or three Sundays a month. It is also open on all holiday Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The operating hours are based on a 2009 compromise reached by Lacombe County, weighing the opinions of track advocates and area residents who are no fan of the noise and dust from the bikes.
A track schedule and more information is available at www.xtremeraceways.com.