Wednesday Jul 01 2009
Fourth of July weekend BMX in Roseville
By: Press Tribune sports staff
Olympic winners to enter bicycle motocross Summer Nationals
Four Olympic champions are expected to compete when The American Bicycle Association stages its Bicycle Motocross Summer Nationals at Roseville’s Oak Creek BMX facility for three days beginning Friday. BMX competition was included in the Summer Olympics, held in Beijing, for the first time in 2008. In addition to the Olympic champions, the Roseville competition is expected to draw championship riders—amateurs and professionals—from all over the United States. Representing the men’s division will be Maris Strombergs, a 22-year-old from Latvia, who took gold in Beijing last August. Earlier that year he became the UCI BMX World Champion. Olympic medal winners from the United States, Mike Day, bronze medal winner, and Donny Robinson, silver medalist, will compete. Robinson is from Napa and has competed and trained in Roseville previously. Jill Kintner of Seattle, winner of bronze in the women's Olympics final, is scheduled to compete as well. Top professional performers will include Australian Khalen Young, the current ABA BMX pro national champion; and Dominique Daniels, current ABA BMX woman's pro national champion and a two-time ABA BMX amateur girls national champion. The Oak Creek BMX site is shaded among majestic oak trees on some 30 acres between Vernon and Riverside in Roseville. An exciting cycling event, bicycle motocross is one where the entire family gets involved. Male and female athletes compete. Ages range from five and under, barely off their training wheels, to the old men who compete in the 56-and-over cruiser class. The local dirt course, rebuilt in September, measures 1,100 feet long and is marked with challenging jumps of all shapes and sizes. Admission is free. Parking is $10 a day, or $25 for a parking pass good for Thursday through Sunday. During the event, the only entry to the facility will be via the Vernon Street side. Minton expects to have some 1,500 amateur competitors each day, and that is in addition to some of the world’s top professionals. Based on last year’s crowd, ABA officials anticipate attendance of close to 10,000. Friday competition will consist of racing from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday's racing begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until about 6 p.m. Sunday caps off the weekend festivities with racing scheduled from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. ABA BMX awards will be made as they are won. FYI: Three Young Locals to Watch Sumiko Yuki, 8, Natomas—No. 1 in her age group nationally, has been racing just over two years. A fourth grader, she is also ranked No. 7 for all girls nationally, based on points earned. Taylor Wolcott, 16, Roseville—No. 1 in her age group nationally, has won repeatedly in national competitions. She started BMX racing at age 7 and won her first national at age 8. She is a four-time ABA world champion. Wolcott has a goal to make the Olympic team for her country in 2012. She has been doing periodic training in Chula Vista where the American Olympics BMX training facility is located. Alden Volle, 13, Penryn—winner of the ABA/BMX world championship in Taiyan, China, in May of 2008, the young Volle won in two categories abroad, boys 12-year-old class and cruiser. He also won the world title last year in British Columbia. He has less interest in turning pro than he does in making the U.S. Olympic team in 2012. He started competitive racing when he was five-and-a-half years old.