Friday, June 24, 2011

ABA BMX - Rusty Bowl - Ukiah, CA

        ABA BMX racing has become my family pastime and sport for about 2 years now. Our home track is the Rusty Bowl in Ukiah, CA. BMX racing is an exciting year round family fun sport. Riders are split into groups based on age and proficiency. Unlike other sports you ability to participate is not contingent on how many practices you make. Additionally no one sits on the bench in BMX, if you sign up to race you get to race. BMX (or Bicycle Motocross) racing made its Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Right now it is one of the fastest growing sports with tracks all across the US and Canada.

        Generally most BMX tracks will hold two race days per week and one or more practice days per week as well. Throughout the year most tracks will hold larger meets with specialized races usually worth extra points for the riders who participate. These races encourage riders to travel to different tracks and race people from all over. Last weekend the Rusty Bowl BMX track hosted a 3 day race weekend. Friday's race was the Race for Life, a fundraiser where the participants collect donations for research and treatment of Leukemia and Lymphoma. In addition to the donations collected a portion of the race entry fee is donated as well. Last weekend the racers raised over $1,900. Many tracks across the county hold a Race for Life raising money for this great cause. On Saturday was a State Champion Series Qualifier race, this race series allows racers to qualify and participate in the State Champion Race (California is split in to Northern and Southern). On Sunday the Rusty Bowl held a Double Points race, a bonus race for the riders to earn extra district points.

        This past weekend at the Rusty Bowl was fun and exciting, and was all made possible by the volunteers who keep this sport alive. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who makes BMX possible both at the Rusty Bowl and at all the other ABA tracks across the country. If you have not been to a BMX race you should check it out. It is a fun and exciting sport and there is racing for ALL age groups from 5 and under and up.

For more information on BMX check out some of the links below

Official ABA BMX Page

Rusty Bowl BMX Track Page     

Rusty Bowl Facebook

Also here is my little racers page

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