The state races are in Aberdeen over Labor Day Weekend.
This weekend’s races are not only for local racers. Rapid BMX officials expect around 200 competitors from not only South Dakota, but from Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and Minnesota.
The competition divides riders into age and expert levels. They are split by age groups, such as 9-year-old Novice (beginners), 9-year-old Intermediate and 9-year-old Expert.
“We tried to keep them grouped together,” Wilson said.
Rapid City BMX has had five races so far this season, and race on Monday and Wednesday nights. They look to go through October depending on the weather.
“Families can come out and try it for $1 to see if they like it and go from there,” Wilson said.
While there is plenty of novice racing, there is also some high-caliber action. Registered this weekend is the world’s No. 1 12-year-old, Cole Frederick, who hails from New Ulm, Minn.
“It is going to be really fun for our local kids to see him have that to push them and work hard,” Wilson said.
Rapid City BMX is all volunteer oriented. Wilson said they have been lucky to have some grants and sponsorship that has allowed them to continue to improve on the facility and do things that can make it a nationally-ranked top track.