West Kootenay BMX racers hit the track in Salmo on Monday for a final tune up for the B.C. Cup that starts on Saturday at the West Kootenay BMX track at 434 Ski Hill road.

West Kootenay BMX racers hit the track in Salmo on Monday for a final tune up for the B.C. Cup that starts on Saturday at the West Kootenay BMX track at 434 Ski Hill road.

BMX racers ready for the B.C. Cup

West Kootenay BMX hosts its Provincial Cup Race on Saturday at the BMX track in Salmo, welcoming some of the best riders in the province.

West Kootenay BMX hosts its Provincial Cup Race on Saturday at the BMX track in Salmo, welcoming some of the best riders in the province.

Organizers are expecting up to 100 riders, male and female of all ages to compete at the event starting with young Strider class at age 4 and under to the 61-and-over class.

“There’ll be riders from across the province, but mostly from the Interior I believe,” said event organizer Laurie MacDonald. “We had about 60 last year, and we’re expecting more this year.”

The BMX series has a number of stops along the way with top racers accumulating points, and in B.C. Cup races they receive double the number of points, in order to qualify for Canadians.

Following the Salmo race, racers will pack up and head to Grand Forks for another event that evening and the next day.

“We host a provincial Cup race once a year, and this is our second year,” said MacDonald. “It’s good, there is lots of great racing, and lots of good competition that is a lot of fun to watch, so we’re hoping to get some spectators out to watch the action.”

The sport of bicycle motocross, or BMX as it’s more widely known, originated in America in the early 1970s. It was designed as a stepping stone for kids to get into motocross, and quickly blew up into a sport in its own right.

The West Kootenay BMX track lies just below the Salmo Ski Hill, and is a series of dirt jumps and banked corners, where BMX riders typically race three motos or heats per event to determine the winner.

There is still room for more racers. Register for the Cup at the Salmo track on Saturday at 10 a.m., with competitors hitting the starting line at 11 a.m.

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