ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) It is one of the most prestigious events in the sport and once again, Rockford is the place to be.
The 2019 USA BMX Midwest Nationals wrapped up its three-day weekend event at Searls Park BMX track. More than 35 states and riders from all over the world, came to compete in the Forest City.
The beauty of BMX racing is there is very little age restriction. Racers start as early as six years old. Freeport BMX is in its third year and has more than 25 riders competing this weekend.
Manager Troy Schleich said BMX racing is all about family.
"It's a very family oriented sport. If you can't tell by looking around, everybody can race," said Schleich. "Mom, dad, daughter, son, grandma. We have riders that race all the way up to 80 years old."
Rockford BMX rider Ashlyn Goldsmith is in her second year racing. She has seen an upward trend in numbers.
"Just since I've started, I've seen the community grow," said Goldsmith. "The amount of motos have increased. It's a really cool feeling because people are around good energy and it brings more in. They spread the word that, 'hey this is a blast, you should come out, try it.' and then they get into it. It's just this continued cycle."