On Saturday, more than 200 competitors ranging in age from 5 to 60 years old will compete in the Dirt Dreams Series BMX bicycle races at the Hagerstown BMX racetrack at Hagerstown Fairgrounds Park, 370 N. Cannon Ave.
The day will begin at 8 a.m. with a rider clinic led by Elite Men’s Rider Derek Sipkoi, who is the owner of DKO Bikes, Alius BMX Products and We All Ride Clothing. He is from Temecula, Calif., and has been racing as a professional since 2007.
After the clinic, riders of all ages and proficiencies will race, up to eight at a time, on the newly redesigned track full of banked turns, rollers, as well as the all new pro-section jumps.
Besides competing for cash and prizes, participants will earn points toward the Redline Cup, which is a three-day regional competition being held this year in Winston-Salem, N.C., Oct. 11 to 13.
Racing action continues Sunday with the Double Points Race for Life.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the races will start by 12:30 p.m. Spectator admission is free both days. For more information, go to www.hagerstownbmx.com.
Originally called bicycle motocross, the popularity and scope of BMX racing has grown steadily since the early 1970s.
BMX allowed kids to ride through dirt tracks imitating their favorite motorcycle motocross heroes. As early BMXers honed their skills, learned tricks and started catching some air, the move toward organized racing began.
Now, according to Hagerstown BMX president Brian Caron, some of the kids are getting a little long in the tooth, but are still enjoying and excelling in the sport. He has seen races with as many as three generations participating on the same day.
“We established the track at Fairgrounds Park in 1999 with local racing in mind and have steadily grown over the years, but this weekend of racing will by far be our largest event held at the track to date,” Caron said. “We have to thank Time-2-Shine BMX shop as well as our own Timm Raum for making an event of this caliber a reality for Hagerstown BMX.”
“The event will bring riders and their families from all over the mid-Atlantic region to our area,” said Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.