Roseville's Oak Creek BMX again hosts NorCal State ChampionshipsBy: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
Bruce Minton has been doing this so long he’s having a hard time breaking one particular habit.
The American Bicycle Association now is known as USA BMX, but ABA keeps slipping out of Minton’s mouth.
“They just changed their name to USA BMX instead of ABA BMX,” said Minton, who built Oak Creek BMX in Roseville with wife Linda in 1985.
The Mintons this weekend are acting as hosts for the NorCal BMX State Championships for the 24th time in their 27 years as track owners at Oak Creek.
They don’t charge fees for spectators or parking, but they welcome fans and competitors numbering in the thousands.
Minton said Oak Creek BMX wins the rights to the NorCal State Championships year in and year out “by outperforming all the other tracks in Northern California, by being more popular of a track, more signups and renewals. We earn that.”
He said Oak Creek BMX always ranks in the top 2 percent of tracks nationwide. Southern California includes about five of the top 10.
The event is open to all USA BMX members from Bakersfield north. There will be skill classes for riders from ages 5 and under to 45 and over in the 20-inch main class and 24-inch cruiser division. A state champion will be crowned in each group.
A race is scheduled for today with a double-points event Saturday. State finals will be held Sunday.
NORCAL BMX STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
When: Today through Sunday.
Where: Oak Creek BMX, 648 Riverside Ave., Roseville.
Schedule: Racing begins at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday. The state finals begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Information: (916) 784-8269 or www.oakcreekbmx.org.