West Shore supermoto riders hit the streets
This Sunday, riders with Victoria Supermoto are gearing up to take their racing to the streets.
Every week, about 30 riders hop on their supermoto bikes – a cross between a sport bike and a dirt bike – and race around Western Speedway. Each week, they lay out a new track with new challenges including S-turns and a ramp. Sometimes they even venture over to the motocross track located right beside the speedway.
This weekend, the group is racing in Duncan, the first of its kind in B.C.
Some streets are shut down for the one kilometre track in downtown Duncan. The racers will be zipping through the streets completing up to 10 laps.
“We are going to bring our ramp and have some more technical turns on the course where people have to slow down and then speed up,” said Calvin van Elsakker, president of Victoria Supermoto.
Van Elsakker, a Langford resident, is also welding all of the trophies out of old tools.
While the race organizers are anticipating thousands of people will come out to watch, van Elsakker would love to see a similar race held on the West Shore.
Each year, the club has been growing in numbers. So far this year, 75 riders have come out. Both men and women ride in the club.
The group practises on Tuesday evenings at Western Speedway and is always looking for new riders to come out. The track set up begins at 4:30 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Spectators are welcome.
For more information, go to www.victoriasupermoto.com