Tuesday Aug 16 2016
BMX NorCal State Finals come to Roseville
By: Amy Looney - Special To The Press Tribune
Oak Creek BMX gears up to host more than 2,500 riders and spectators for August 26-28 weekend
BMX racers from all over California will be arriving in Roseville at Oak Creek BMX next Friday in hopes of racing their way to glory in the BMX NorCal State Finals, August 26-28. Placer Valley Tourism has teamed up with Oak Creek BMX again to bring this exhilarating competition to Placer Valley that will boast more than 2,500 racers and spectators for this three-day event.
The weekend will start with a single point race on Friday evening, August 26 and then on Saturday riders will rev it up with a double points state finals pre-race. On Sunday morning by 9 a.m. the championship triple points races will begin and riders will compete throughout the day vying to be crowned the champion for their division.
There are several local racers to watch, including Kent Elliot and his twin boys, Jackson and Nickolas, from Granite Bay and Rocklin's own Claire O'Connor, all in the expert divisions for their age group.
Cody Wilson from USA BMX will be present each day of the event and will do the honors of crowning the champions on Sunday at the awards ceremony. Oak Creek BMX owner, Linda Minton explained that having someone of Wilson's expertise and caliber on-hand inspires the racers.
"We love having him here and appreciate all he does for us," Minton said.
"If you are wondering what BMX is all about, tune into the Olympics this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and see what these incredible athletes can do," Minton added.
This will be just the third Olympics for this continually growing sport, as BMX debuted in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.