| Posted: Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 06:00 am
St. Albert BMX hosts the Canadian BMX Championships and the BMX Canada Cup 3 race this week at its Riel Recreation Park facility.
The Canadian championships are a national competition staged once every year. Approximately 400 amateur and professional male and female riders will test the world-class BMX track.
St. Albert is the third stop in a five-race Canada Cup series. More than 50 male and female riders are expected to race.
Thursday’s open practice times for all groups are 5 to 7:30 p.m. for amateurs and 7:30 to 8 p.m. for pros.
Friday’s practice session runs from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., followed by the time trial qualifications from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Saturday’s opening ceremonies for the Canadian championships start at 11:15 a.m., with racing from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The awards ceremony is 5 p.m.
Sunday the Canada Cup race is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by the awards presentation.
Around 40 St. Albert BMX riders will race this weekend.
The St. Albert Heavenly Angels’ roller derby house teams will make their debut Saturday at Servus Credit Union Place.
The first jam whistle between Seraphim and Charlemagnes is 7 p.m. at the Pizza 73 fieldhouse.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Children 10 and under get in free.
Tickets can be purchased from any derby girl or at http://stahrderby.com/tickets/.
The Tier III provincial qualifiers from the St. Albert men’s and women’s soccer leagues will compete for medals next weekend in Calgary.
The Rummies (10-0-2) and GSE (8-3-2) will represent the men’s league as the top two finishers in the regular season.
Last year in Tier IV the Rummies won bronze for their 12th provincial medal in team history and GSE, the league’s playoff cup winners, finished 1-3.
Mavericks 09 (13-1) punched their ticket to provincials for the second straight year as the division one pennant winners in the women’s league.
Last year’s Tier IV bronze medal by the Mavericks equaled the highest finish by a St. Albert women’s team at provincials.
Meanwhile, the women’s division two playoffs kicked off Sunday and the men’s league playoffs started Tuesday. The women’s division two playoffs begin this Sunday.
The finals are Sept. 15.