Delivering Motosport Action for the Whole Family


Kids take part in a recent MDRA event Rachel Rand

Motosports are becoming increasingly popular across the prairies and the movement is only getting bigger as time goes on. However, the steep costs to get involved, both physical and wallet-wise, can be a drawback.

Enter the Manitoba Dirt Riders Association (MDRA). Their goal is to create a family-friendly community for riders of all ages across Manitoba while hosting sustainable events that are cost-effective, challenging to riders, yet action-packed for fans and riders alike. 

MDRA’s humble beginnings can be traced back to 2008, when they had only a handful of riders. They now host six annual events and have more than 300 members. While 300 racers may sound like a lot, Vice-President Dan Huberdeau strongly believes that even more riders will be showing up in the near future.

“It’s quite easy to get involved,” says Huberdeau. “All you need is safety equipment and a proper bike.”

Proving Huberdeau’s point, an estimated 50 new racers attended the most recent race, the Morden Corn Scrambler on August 26–27.

Especially popular is Enduro racing, which involves dirt bikes racing across many different terrains. Race distances can vary from eight to 13 kilometres, and locations range over the season from Virden and Minota to Morden and Lee River.

A fan favourite is the infamous Horsepower Hill in St. Lazare.

“Horsepower Hill is special,” says Huberdeau. “It provides an up-close look at the racing, as spectators get to watch riders tackle the daunting challenge that’s always filled with excitement.”

Enduro racing is a great sport for riders of all ages, whether they’re four or 70. The races can run anywhere from an hour to two hours, and there’s something for everyone.

Most important, Enduro racing isn’t always about winning or losing. Huberdeau says it’s about learning.

“Enduro racing doesn’t just teach riders how to ride and improve their skills,” he says. “They also learn to respect the road, gauge speed, avoid objects, understand terrain types, and [master] basic mechanical skills.”

Along with these skills, Enduro racing tests the riders’ mental and physical strength. Track terrains can change in a heartbeat and include dirt, mud, rocks, logs, streams, and everything in between. In the end, the rider has to decide the best way to tackle obstacles. 

MDRA’s events feature race classes for all levels of experience, from Peewee and Junior all the way to Veteran and Masters.

With summer on the way out, there’s just one race left in the season. Huberdeau encourages everyone to come out and watch the action, or even get involved. The final race is set to take place in Minota on September 16–17. Along with guaranteed smiles, fans and racers will enjoy a community meal prepared by MDRA volunteers.

Between great food, fast-paced racing, and a wholesome community, MDRA races are a great experience for the whole family. 

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