Gilbert, AZ (PRWEB) July 04, 2014
This weekend, the USA BMX National Series returns to the legendary South Park BMX track as both professional BMX racers from all over the World and our Nation’s fastest amateur racers chase after the illustrious No.1 Championships in USA BMX.
Competitors from the 2012 Olympic Games will be participating as they gear-up for the 2014 BMX World Championships, along with amateur racers from over 35 states. Besides top Pros and Olympians, there are expected to be well over 1,200 amateur entries - ranging in age from 2 to 70-plus, who will be competing for the day’s awards, as well as points, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday’s racing will kick off at 11:30, with the Strider “push” bike class - filled with 2, 3, and 4 year olds, before starting with Pro and amateur racing. At the other end of the spectrum, there will be plenty of parents (and even some grandparents) competing in the larger-wheeled classes for 30, 40, 50 and 60+ year olds. This is a big part of what makes BMX racing a true Family sport - where moms and dads get to participate along with their children.
BMX is truly a sport for the entire family - where mom and dads are allowed to compete, along with their sons and daughters. A great example of that is South Park’s very own Bramer family; with father Jim racing in the 41-45 cruiser class, along with his sons - 12 year-old expert Cameron and 15 year-old expert son Nathan. The Bramer Family is just one of many local families with riders hoping to pull off a win on their home-track, against the fastest bike riders in the nation.
Established in the early 80’s, South Park BMX has annually hosted large national-sized BMX events. Each year, the economic impact of the Stars & Stripes Nationals brings millions of dollars to the local economy.
STARS & STRIPES NATIONAL SCHEDULE:
The USA BMX Stars and Stripes Nationals begin this Friday - July 4th, and go thru Sunday, July 6th at the South Park BMX track located at 2499 East Park Drive, Bethel Park, PA 15102.
SPECTATING IS FREE - all weekend.
*There is a parking fee to spectators, to support the local track.
FRIDAY: Practice throughout the afternoon and racing beginning at 5:00pm. - including Elite PRO racing action.
SATURDAY: Practice continues in the morning and National racing kicks off promptly at 11:30am with Strider (balance bike) racing for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, followed by the first rounds of Pro racing.
SUNDAY: Starts at 8:00am, with the main events starting at approximately at 12 noon.
ABOUT BMX RACING: Up to eight riders speed down the starting hill, maneuvering over dirt obstacles and around banked turns in hopes of winning a 4-foot tall first place trophy. On average, each race is a 35 second sprint, with full contact, close-knit racing and sometimes thrilling crashes and victories. The Olympic sport of BMX Racing is exciting to watch for all ages! BMX Racing is a sport for boys and girls of all ages - from 2 to 76, with three skill levels per age. In BMX, nobody sits on the bench.
ABOUT THE SOUTH PARK BMX: Located inside South Park - at 2499 East Park Drive, Bethel Park, PA 15102. The South Park BMX venue is one of the premiere BMX facilities in the country and has consistently hosted a national caliber event since the mid-80’s. From March to November, local riders can compete every Wednesday, with practice held every Monday night. For more information visit http://www.spBMX.net or phone 724-518-5520.
ABOUT USA BMX: The American Bicycle Association (ABA) was formed in 1977 and is
headquartered in Gilbert, Arizona. USA BMX organizes BMX racing for boys, girls and adults, throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. With over 70,000 active members who compete on a weekly basis at over 370 racing facilities in 49 states, the Olympic sport of BMX Racing continues to grow.
USA BMX, with a 29 event national race schedule, is the largest promoter of action sports in the country.