Grand Valley BMX draws the best for Colorado State Championships
The Colorado State Championship BMX finals are the biggest event of the year for Colorado competitors in the action sport.
The race caps a six-month season, with racers looking to collect points along the way.
The state championship race results are added to the points, and the winner receives a Colorado state plate to display proudly on the front of the bike.
Sunday at the Grand Valley BMX track at the Mesa County Fair Grounds, 295 riders in 60 different classes raced to be called a Colorado state champion.
“This is very exciting,” Grand Valley BMX track operator Kristy Adams, said. “We’ve had a lot of comments on how organized and positive everything has been, so we are really happy.”
Sunday’s scene at the track made it obvious the race was important.
Riders from across the state crowded the track, set up their tents throughout the parking lot and fought the heat and wind.
Joe Guerra led the 46 Cruiser division with 60 points heading into Sunday’s race, and said the state finals are always the most intense race of the year.
“It’s always a lot of fun to come to this race,” Guerra said. “You get to race against a lot of good riders that you don’t see all the time, so I always look forward to it.”
Guerra, 48, lives in Denver and like many of the adult riders began riding BMX as a teen and recently picked it back up.
“I took about a 25-year break,” Guerra said. “But you just get it into your blood, and you can’t get it out.
“You get everything from it. It’s physical, your adrenaline is going and you get great competition.”
Guerra’s goals remain the same even with state finals points at stake.
“I want to win and try not to wreck,” Guerra said. “That’s always the goal, but there’s a little more pressure here.”
Grand Valley BMX earned the host role for the state finals by submitting the most memberships to the ABA of the 13 BMX tracks in Colorado.
This is the third year that Grand Valley BMX has hosted the state finals.
It’s no easy task to put on the state finals because it takes a lot of preparation.
“We had a volunteer meeting the other day, and asked for people who were willing to show up and start filling slots,” Adams said. “We had more people who were willing to help than we had slots to fill, so we’ve had amazing volunteers to help us.”
The winners of each class from Sunday’s race received plaques and the winner of the points series got the state plate.
“We hope a lot of local riders end up with the No. 1 plate,” Adams said.