The BMX Salmo track is ready to roll.

The BMX Salmo track is ready to roll.

BMX: West Kootenay riders back on track

West Kootenay BMX jumped out of the starting gate this month.

West Kootenay BMX jumped out of the starting gate this month.

Last year was the second full year of operation which was very successful with new members joining from all around the West Kootenay.

As is the case at all BMX tracks, a  supportive family environment is beginning to develop at the track with a great vibe. Once again, the track has been overhauled by the maintenance staff and now features larger turns and jumps, and widened sections.

The technical challenge of the track has gone up a few levels, but is still able to be ridden by all and that’s part of what makes BMX such an inclusive sport.

Weekly local races run Saturdays in May, June and September and Monday evenings  in July and August.

Race registration is 10 to 11 a.m. for the Saturdays and 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. for the Mondays.

Racing licences are available at the track during event times, starting at $65 and there is a discount for families.

Coaching clinics will also run throughout the season, helping with learning skills that get riders around the track faster. Local bike shops are carrying BMX race bikes so stop in and have a look.

West Kootenay BMX is a BMX Canada-sanctioned track so riders can race at any B.C. or U.S. track. Every track runs weekly local races and there is also the provincial and national series which makes for a very active racing scene in B.C.

For more info check it out on Facebook or at BMXCanada.org/tracks/1810.

You can also reach track operator Lyndon Schiewe at 357-2874 or email at westkootenaybmxracing@yahoo.com.

The track is located at the Salmo ski hill in the land below the parking lot.

For access turn right on Salmo Heights Road before the ski hill and follow the signs.

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