Motocross racing and dirt biking near Whitecourt, Alberta

Whether it's racing with your buddies or riding with your kids, this moto track is great for locals and visitors alike.

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Motocross rider ripping down the track.

Moto dads like Jesse Smith head to the WhiteRidge MX Park for some fun with the family. — Kirsten Armleder photo

The bikes are loaded and your whole family is ramped up to ride. Where to go from here? Well, if you’re anywhere near Woodlands County, Alberta, it’s obvious: the WhiteRidge MX Park.

This public motocross facility, which is located 30 minutes east of Whitecourt, is perfect for some afternoon practice laps or an entire weekend of racing. There is plenty of parking, camping is available and all ages are welcome on the moto track.

The park is also in a shared location with the Blue Ridge Recreation Area where there are walking paths and nature trails, two lakes and a beach and swimming area. The Athabasca River is also within walking distance; as a reminder, you’ll often hear the sounds of jet boats.

But let’s talk about what you came here for:

The track

Built into a hillside, the two-kilometre moto track at WhiteRidge MX Park takes advantage of natural jumps and elevation changes. There are doubles, tabletops, a rhythm section and, to kick things off, a 40-rider starting gate. Near the start is a mini track for the little tykes as well.

One young rider watches another practice laps on the motocross track.

The next generation of MXers enjoy ripping laps on the mini track. — Kirsten Armleder photo

The layout of the main track is somewhat technical and challenging but always beginner and kid-friendly. The soil is mostly hard-packed clay so speed will also come into play. The Whitecourt Motocross Association keeps a water truck on site and grooms the track twice a month. The track is also groomed before and after events.

Speaking of events, the WhiteRidge MX Park usually plays host to the Alberta ATV Triple Crown and at least one round of the CMRC provincial series. For those not competing, there are bleachers and lots of great viewing areas of the track.

How do I get into the WhiteRidge MX Park?

It’s $20 for a day pass and $120 for a yearly membership. Family memberships are available as well. Riders can purchase day passes and memberships online and at various locations in Whitecourt. Upon purchase, they will get a combination for the front gate lock.

When does the WhiteRidge MX Park open?

“Our usual opening date is the Saturday of the May long weekend,” said Mac Sarvas, president of the Whitecourt Motocross Association. “But with snow already mostly gone (as of April 3, 2017), we are going to have it open earlier so people can get out and ride. We ask riders to watch our Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.” 

Two motocross riders racing on the track near Whitecourt.

There are some fast sections on this track. — Kirsten Armleder photo

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