Delaware has a history of being a great place to ride, from the first races at Dover International Speedway more than 40 years ago to the thrilling jaunts through the city in the Wilmington Grand Prix. The high-flying, turn-hugging riders competing in a National BMX competition next year will look to add to that history.
The Delaware Sports Commission and First State BMX in Milford have been selected to host one of the events in the 2013 USA BMX National Series. The First State Nationals, which will be held Sept. 13-15, 2013, at First State BMX, are expected to bring 200-300 of the best riders from across the country to Delaware for a round of electrifying contests.
The BMX national tournament was last held in Delaware in 2009.
“BMX is huge in Delaware, and there is no better place for an event of this caliber than First State BMX,” said David Arthur, executive director of the Delaware Sports Commission. “For a few days the best riders in the country will be showcasing their talents right here in the First State, and that’s pretty exciting.”
John David, Chief Operating Officer of the American Bicycle Association and BMX Canada, echoed Arthur’s excitement on USA BMX’s return to Delaware.
“First State BMX will be a great addition to the 2013 National Series, and the USA BMX membership will love all that the track and state have to offer,” David said.
Cindy Small, Executive Director of the Kent County Delaware Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the return of the BMX National Series adds to Kent County’s growing reputation as a hub for sports.
“With our new Sports Complex in the wings, this is another example of how our area is the perfect location to host sporting events,” Small said. “We look forward to welcoming the BMX’ers, their families and fans to the area in September.”
Since the national BMX tournament was last held in Delaware, First State BMX (1045 N. Walnut St., behind Milford High School) has upgraded and renovated its track to reflect changes recommended at the USA BMX Bike Summit.
The track at First State BMX now features asphalt turns and a finish line tower that will help in determining winners.
Mark VanVorst, Track Operator and President of the Board of Directors for First State BMX, said the event provides Delaware riders with a great opportunity to test their skills against other riders from across the USA and beyond. With a year to go until the race, riders can take advantage of First State BMX’s free one-day membership to see if they’ve got what it takes.
The First State Nationals are part of a schedule of races that will be held in 22 states over 29 weekends next year. The event is expected to have an economic impact of $1.1 million in Delaware.