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Hagerstown plays host to BMX events this weekend

April 29, 2013|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Hagerstown Fairgrounds Park will play host to hundreds of BMX enthusiasts this weekend when Hagerstown BMX holds Dirt Dreams Series and “Race For Life” events on its redesigned course.

All USA BMX members can participate in the event, which includes races for all ages and skill levels.

Saturday will feature triple-points qualifying races for the Redline Cup, a regional competition to be held in Winston-Salem, N.C., from Oct. 11-13. Signups for the races will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, with races beginning shortly after. Race fee is $30.

“The idea started coming together last season,” said Hagerstown BMX president Brian Caron. “We didn’t hold a Redline Cup race last year, the closest one was in Winchester (Va.), and Tim Raum (the Hagerstown BMX track director) came to me and said, ‘We need to do this next year.’ You have to apply to get that race, so we put in our application, and we got accepted in October.”

On Saturday morning at 8, a rider’s clinic will be held by Elite Men’s rider Derek Sipkoi, a professional from California who owns DKO Bikes, Alius BMX Products and We All Ride Clothing.

On Sunday, the double-points “Race For Life” — benefitting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society — will be held. Signups will begin at 10 a.m., with races starting no later than 12:30 p.m. Race fee is $20.

“(The “Race For Life”) is something all the USA BMX-affiliated tracks will hold each season,” Caron said. “Just because this weekend is going to be a big turnout and a lot of good racers will be here, we thought we’d do a double whammy and have both events this weekend. It benefits the racers. Both races are big races for people who are really into BMX. Plus it gives our locals some exposure to competition they’ve never been exposed to.”

In addition to Redline Cup points, riders will be competiting for cash and prizes.

Up to eight riders at a time will do battle on the Fairgrounds Park course, which features banked turns, rollers and pro-section jumps.

This weekend’s festivities are the biggest events hosted by Hagerstown BMX since the organization was founded in 1999.

“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, in a press release.

For more information on the Dirt Dreams Series and the non-profit Hagerstown BMX organization, visit the website www.hagerstownbmx.com. For more information on USA BMX, becoming a member, or the “Race For Life,” visit the website www.usabmx.com.

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