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1,000-Plus BMX Racers to Compete at Bluegrass Nationals

4 Feb, 2014


USA BMX Event to Take Place in Freedom Hall

More than 1,000 amateur BMX riders are expected to participate in the USA BMX Bluegrass Nationals in Freedom Hall Friday, Feb. 7 – Sunday, Feb. 9. 

Speeding on bicycles, racers from 2-70-years-old will jump dirt ramps and navigate obstacles in an action-packed sprint to the finish line. Racing starts on Friday at 5:00 p.m., Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. The event is free for spectators. Parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center is $8 per vehicle.

Racers will compete in qualifying rounds called motos to earn a spot in the main event.  Competitors will have two chances to qualify for either semi-finals or final races.  The races take place on a 1,000 foot dirt track that features hills, banked turns, obstacles and jumps.

The Bluegrass Nationals is part of the national racing circuit, which features 30 races across the country.  The racers compete for national points throughout the whole year to earn a spot in the final competition in November. 

This three-day event will generate $1.3 million of economic impact for Louisville. 

BMX racing is a family-oriented sport that started in backyards in the 1970s and grew to become an Olympic sport at the 2008 Beijing games.  Participation in the sport continues to grow in popularity each year and it is the largest extreme sport in the country. 

For more information, visit http://usabmx.com.

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