Yucaipa BMX gains momentum
Early last month the Yucaipa BMX Park officially broke ground, beginning construction on a new facility that will offer local BMX riders a convenient place to enjoy their sport. Currently the nearest BMX track is located in Perris, a 45-minute drive from Yucaipa.
Yucaipa resident and BMX rider Tim Hansen wanted a track closer to home that he and other riders could use. He began working with the city in 2011 to bring a BMX track to Yucaipa. He assembled a team to help him organized the construction of the complex.
Wendy Montgomery joined that team in 2012, and since then has been working to help move construction along. She and her family are also BMX riders, and are looking forward to a track close to home.
“This is a park that will benefit the community,” she said. “We have a lot of kids that are just out riding their bikes on the street. This will give [them] an opportunity to do what they love in a supervised setting.”
Yucaipa BMX Park was approved by the city council in 2012.
BMX racing is similar to motocross racing, in which riders navigate banked turns, jumps and other obstacles on a dirt track. BMX racing is organized by USA BMX, which oversees tracks at the national, state and regional levels. It also manages the U.S. Olympic BMX Trials.
“USA BMX racing is a sport of youthful achievement and the American family,” the USA BMX website reads. “While the young boy or girl BMX racer develops skills at an individual pace, they are learning about winning, losing and trying again. The racer`s family learns that time spent together in support of the racer and the individual achievements is quality time well spent.”
The BMX complex in Yucaipa will feature three different tracks. The first, and the largest, will be a USA BMX sanctioned racetrack. This track will allow Yucaipa to host USA BMX events, like national races and state finals. Riders will be required hold a membership with USA BMX for racing, scheduling and insurance purposes.
The other tracks will be pump tracks. Once riders build momentum on a pump track, they don’t need to peddle again; their energy carries them through tight turns and over small jumps and mounds.
The park is being built with community involvement. The City of Yucaipa gave a grant to Yucaipa BMX and has waived fees for the construction of the park. The park will also sit on city land, which will be leased for $1 per year. Other sponsors of the park are Odi Grips, Yucaipa Bike Center, R&T Drafting Services, Sigland & Associates and Bike for Bender, a non-profit.
Yucaipa BMX is also accepting donations from individuals who want to support the project. Donations are tax-deductible.
Although organizers were hoping to open the track with a part on the Fourth of July, the open date has been pushed back because of construction delays.
To donate, learn more or get involved, visit yucaipabmx.com.