An Action-packed Weekend of BMX Racing this Weekend in East Moline

July  18, 2013

More than one-thousand racers from around the country will compete this weekend at a track in the Quad Cities. It's the first time a "USA BMX National" will be held at the East Moline BMX Speedway.

Paul DePauw, track director, says it'll be the biggest BMX race ever held here. And only 22 out of 380 tracks across the country are chosen to host it.  He says the sport appeals to many kids because it's individual and action-packed.

Dozens of volunteers have been preparing the dirt and asphalt track. DePauw says they also built a three-story building to use for registration, as a starter box and an announcing booth. All the money for the track and other improvements came from donations.

Kids and adults from five to 50-years-old will compete. A special track is also set up for toddlers to race, too. DePauw says they ride "striders" -- bikes without wheels that help them learn to balance.

Registration begins tomorrow at noon and races will be held Saturday and Sunday. The track is located on the Rock Island County Fairgrounds, behind Reynolds Ford. Sponsors include DePauw and the East Moline BMX Speedway, the city, the Quad Cities Sports Commission, convention and visitors bureau, plus local hotels and restaurants.