PLEASANT VALLEY – Family feuds are nothing new for many, but the Medaglia/Cooke rivalry is a bit different than most.
Brookfield’s First Family of Motocross will be on display this weekend at Pleasant Valley Motocross, as Tyler Medaglia, his girlfriend Heidi Cooke and her brother Mitch Cooke will be among the field for the Canadian Motocross Racing Championship Atlantic event.
“Yeah, there’s definitely a rivalry out there,” Mitch said with a laugh. “It’s a clashing of egos for sure. We hate to lose to each other.”
Growing up in Brookfield, the Cooke family has become synonymous with the sports scene. They built and run the Pleasant Valley track and were both fixtures on the national motocross scene, with Heidi wracking up five national championships. After retiring from competition in 2011, Mitch now runs HAF Skate and Tattoo, and has run a skateboarding school out of the local skate park. The two siblings also operate Jimolly’s Bakery Cafe in Truro.
Another mainstay on the national tour, Medaglia entered the fold and made things even more interesting. Tyler and Heidi have since added two children, Talon and Millie.
While things are running smoothly for the busy trio off the track, all civility goes out the window when the boots are strapped on and the engines roar.
“I let him take the first pick of the gate this weekend, so he’s got the advantage there,” Medaglia said. “But hopefully I can get a good jump off the start and stick it to him. Either way, you’ll see us get close and battle it out for 15 good minutes.”
Medaglia had a strong season on the Rockstar Energy MX Nationals tour, posting a third-place overall finish in the MX1 class. The Kemptville, Ont., native is a past back-to-back champion in the MX2 division, before being bumped up to the top class in 2011.
The action will kick off this weekend with Saturday Night Supercross, getting underway at 6 p.m. Once the sun goes down, the lights around the track go up and the racing intensifies.
“It’s a spectacle, man,” Mitch said. “You get these guys going all out under the lights. It’s a great night to watch.”
Sunday morning will see the CMRC Atlantic run, which will feature upwards of 300 riders gunning it out on the Pleasant Valley track. Racing starts at 10 a.m.
“This is our biggest run of the year,” Medaglia said. “We’ve put in a lot of work on the track to make sure it’s ready and to make it interesting for this weekend.”
“Grab a lawn chair, come out and enjoy some of the best racing you’ll see in the Maritimes,” Cooke added. “There’s nothing better.”
Admission each day is $10.