Tampa, Fla. - On April 2-3, Tampa BMX proudly hosted the Gator National BMX Race, in cooperation with the National Bicycle League and the Union Cycliste Internationale. Both national and international competitors, ages 3-60, took part in the event, in levels beginner through elite. Elite racers competed for points, in an effort to improve their national and international rankings.
In upwards of one thousand riders took to the track over the weekend, and were warmly received by the three to four thousand spectators that converged on Lake Park from all across the world. The tremendous turnout is testament to the fact that the sport of BMX (Bicycle Motocross) has steadily ascended in popularity over the past few years, and will debut as an Olympic event at the 2008 Games in Beijing, China.
“This event had a remarkable entertainment value, as it was free,” remarked Track Director Hap Hutto. “Anytime you can attract this many world-class athletes to compete at one place, its bound to turn heads. Plus, with the weather cooperating as it did, we had a picture-perfect weekend,” added Hutto.
The Tampa Bay Sports Commission would like to thank all competitors, and their fans, and would like to say a special thanks to track director Hap Hutto, his staff, and all the volunteers for organizing a terrific weekend.