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Busy weekend in store for Razor City BMX track

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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 11:30 am, Tue Nov 5, 2013.

If the weather cooperates, this could be a busy weekend at the Razor City BMX track. But busy means good.

Bike riders from around the region will be in town for a series of big races ranging from single-point state points to the annual Race-for-Life charity event and the Olympic Day, and the big one, a double-points state qualifier.

That makes for a lot of work on the part of Todd and Tami Dickinson. Todd Dickinson is the president of the club while Tami Dickinson is the co-track operator. The pair will spend plenty of time at the BMX track this weekend.

"With this being a single-double, single-double weekend, the points chasers should be out here looking for points," Todd Dickinson said. "We hope it's a big weekend."

While the track offers its weekly single-points races on Thursday and Monday of each week, the weekend brings in riders eager for double the points in the state standings and those who want to help raise money for a good cause.

The goal of Olympic Day is to promote the Olympic values and participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability. The annual race day is free at participating USA BMX tracks and kicks off June 22-30 at 219 locations across the nation.

Dickinson said anyone can race on Saturday, as long as he or she sign a waiver.

The Sunday race is big because it is one of four races held in the state that riders can gain points for state awards.

There are four state qualifying races each year where riders can score double points. Of those four, two are in Rock Springs, one in Casper and one in Gillette. The points that riders earn in those races go toward state honors.

While riders need only to race in three of the four events, the fact that double points are offered makes the Gillette race appealing to everyone.

This double-points race brings in an average of 90 to 120 riders in Gillette each year, many of those from across the region. Dickinson said the Gillette race will bring riders from not only across Wyoming, but South Dakota, Montana, Utah and Colorado, all hoping to build up points.

Those points are turned into numbered plates each rider can display on their bike. The higher the points, the lower number on the plate and the lower the plate number, the better reputation the rider has.

One of the cool things about BMX racing, Dickinson said, is the wide age range of participants. During Saturday's Olympic Day, racers could range in age from 5 to 65.

Even on days when double points are offered, the age range is still varied.

Dickinson said he has seen riders in their 70s competing at all levels and there is a group of grand dads in their 60s who make just about every race in the region. There also are 2- and 3-year-olds competing in the strider division this year.

But the main thing on everyone's mind is the weather.

The club already has lost 15 race days to inclement weather this spring, and members are hoping they will not reach the record 20 rain-outs that occurred two years ago.

Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Friday evening and Saturday afternoon but Sunday should be clear.

All of the points gathered during the summer in qualifying races does lead to the state championships, which will take place in Gillette on Aug. 25 for the sixth time in the last seven years.

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