Cruising through Alberta is a treat to any nature lover, but the speed limits and slow trucks leave a little something to be desired.
Those who are looking to go a bit faster will be able to legally do so this summer, once the Rocky Mountain Motorsports Racetrack opens for business.
The 3.5 km phase one portion of the track is expected to become available to the public by the start of the 2020 season, with a long-term plan to extend the track by an additional 1.5 km, according to the Rocky Mountain Motorsports website.
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Those hoping to use the track will either be able to do so during public access hours, or through one of three levels of membership, which allow for exclusive track privileges for a certain number of days per week.
Public access will include car and motorcycle club rentals, performance driving schools, and public time attack sessions/track days. This will account for about 50% of the available track time, while the other half will be reserved for members.
Once operational, Rocky Mountain Motorsports Racetrack will be open from 9 am to 9 pm Mondays through Saturdays, and 9 am to 6 pm on Sundays and stat holidays — all hours will be weather dependant, however.
The track is located near Carstairs at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth II Highway and Highway 581, just 20 minutes north of Calgary’s city limits and 120 minutes south of Edmonton.
It’s noted on the website’s FAQs that motorcycles will be allowed on the track, though due to county bylaws there is no drag strip included.
The track also features over 36 metres of elevation thanks to the natural terrain and was created by German design firm Tilke.
Those hoping to be among the first to take a lap can sign up for updates at the company’s website.
Limited memberships are currently available for purchase.