USA BMX National Series Visits Florida and California This Weekend

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The USA BMX National Series has had 26 stops from coast to coast throughout the 2016 season; visiting 24 cities (Las Vegas and Louisville twice) and will conclude over Thanksgiving weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma. There have been over 25,000 entries throughout the year and the Sunshine State Nationals and Fall Nationals will be the final opportunity for riders to position themselves in the points standings prior to the November finale.

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Through our relationships with the cities, sports commissions, and VCB's, the USA BMX National Series continues to grow

The 2016 USA BMX National Series will be making the final two stops of the year, before the Grand National, at new locations. Both events will take place over the weekend of October 21 through 23. West Palm, Florida will be the site of the Sunshine State National and Lake Perris, California will be the site of the Fall Nationals.

The USA BMX National Series has had 26 stops from coast to coast throughout the 2016 season; visiting 24 cities (Las Vegas and Louisville twice) and will conclude over Thanksgiving weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma. There have been over 25,000 entries throughout the year and the Sunshine State Nationals and Fall Nationals will be the final opportunity for riders to position themselves in the points standings prior to the November finale.

Okeeheelee BMX in West Palm, Florida is one of the top tracks on the east coast. It is expected that over 1,000 entries will occur at this race. Florida has always had a very strong BMX program and the state boasts some of the finest tracks in the United States. Drew Motley (Ormand Beach, FL) will be making the trip down the coast to try improve upon his points and maintain the national #1 cruiser ranking. The 46-year-old Floridian has a lot of riders in chase and will hope to improve his score this weekend.

Grand Prix BMX in Lake Perris, California is the site of the Fall Nationals. California has the largest amount of USA BMX members and national events in California are always a large draw. It is expected that there will be over 1,500 entries at the Fall Nationals. With 137 California riders currently ranked in the top 10 nationally in their age class, that action is sure to be exciting.

Perris local, Jesse Welch is currently sitting in contention for the USA BMX National #1. He has tough competition with 3 of the top 10 riders competing in his 15-year-old age class. Currently 6 of the top 10 ranked boys hail from California. Murrieta resident Gianna Davila calls Grand Prix BMX home and is currently ranked in the top 5 nationally and number 1 in her 11-year-old girls class. Like Welch, Davila will be looking for the home crowd and home track advantage.

With 66 total classes vying for national age group plates in girls, boys, cruiser, and girls cruiser, this weekend’s action will have BMX racers from coast-to-coast positioning themselves for the “Greatest Race on Earth”, the USA BMX Grand National over Thanksgiving weekend. While titles will not be won this weekend in California and Florida, both races will be a determining factor in the outcome.

On the elite racing front, U.S. Olympian Corben Sharrah has been on a win streak since the Olympics. Recently capturing the UCI BMX World Cup title, Sharrah will be looking to put himself in the pro title hunt in Lake Perris. With two wins this weekend, Sharrah will thrust himself into position to be the first American since Randy Stumpfhauser, in 2010, to win the coveted USA BMX pro title. Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Maris Stombergs (Latvia) has made his home near Grand Prix BMX and will also be looking to better his scores as he sits behind Sharrah in points. World Champion Joris Daudet (France) currently sits in second place in the pro points and is also expected to compete.

With riders competing in age classes from 5 and under to 61 & over, and proficiencies for novice, intermediate, girl, and expert; riders of all skill levels will be competing. BMX racing continues to grow around the United States and the recent Olympic Gold Medal of Connor Fields (Nevada) and the silver medal of Alise Post (Minnesota) have shown the strength of racing in the United States.

"Through our relationships with the cities, sports commissions, and VCB's, the USA BMX National Series continues to grow," said John David, COO, USA BMX. The USA BMX National Series remains the premier series for athletes from around the world. With over 300 tracks throughout North America and over 12,000 local events annually, interested racers can find an event and location close to home. For more information on BMX racing and to find a track near you; visit usabmx.com.

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