The American Bicycle Association (ABA) returns to South Jordan, Utah for the ABA Great Salt Lake Nationals, July 1 through 3. This will be the 15th year the ABA has visited Rad Canyon BMX in South Jordan. Last year saw 1,250 participants from 5 different countries and 24 states, of which 205 were from Utah. Olympic Gold Medalist Maris Strombergs (Latvia) won last year on Saturday; and defending ABA #1 Pro, Sam Willoughby (Australia) finished second Saturday while winning on Sunday. On the womenâ€™s elite side, U.S. Olympic hopefuls Alise Post (Minnesota) and Arielle Martin (Washington) finished first and second each day. Martin is originally from Pleasant Grove, Utah.
The ABA National Series is the most prestigious series in the world for the sport of BMX racing. The series consists of 32 events held in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. South Jordan is one of the premier facilities on the circuit. The event will feature some of the top amateur and professional riders competing for the coveted ABA #1 title. This Olympic sport is a must-see for any sports fan. There is no admission charge for spectators and the weekend festivities will begin with the Friday, July1, pre-race at 6:00 p.m. Racing will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday.
“Utah has a rich bicycling history and BMX has been a major part of that,” said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. “We are excited to have this event bring an estimated $3 million in economic impact to Utah and take place at one of our state’s world-class venues.”
Some of the top Olympic hopefuls for the 2012 games will be in attendance as they try to amass points for their countries and put their countries and themselves one step closer to that Olympic dream. In addition to the elite riders, some of the top amateur races from the United States will be racing as they try and earn the coveted ABA National #1 Amateur Title. Several Utah riders are currently ranked in the top of their National Age Group Standings (see full list below).
If you have ever wanted to see bicycle motocross racing in person or compete in the sport, this weekend has everything BMX has to offer. From the novice class through the professionals, everyone will be competing at Rad Canyon BMX. To get to Rad Canyon BMX, take I-15 to 90th South exit; go west to 5200 West and turn left into the track. For information on racing at Rad Canyon BMX, contact Ron Melton at (801) 641-5644; or to find other tracks in Utah or near you, visit the American Bicycle Association online at www.ababmx.com or give us a call at 1-800-886-1269.
About the American Bicycle Association
ABA (American Bicycle Association), formed in 1977 and headquartered in Chandler, Arizona is â€œThe Sanctioning Body of BMXâ€Â©. The ABA organizes BMX racing for boys, girls and adults, in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. With over 60,000 active members, over 250 racing facilities and a 32 event national race schedule, ABA is the largest promoter of action sports.