The Hodag BMX Club hosted two of their biggest races of the year over the weekend. Friday and Saturday both featured riders from around the region and state for the two-day event. Friday night was the Badger State Games, while Saturday they hosted the USABMX Wisconsin state qualifier race at Rhinelander’s West Side Park under track operator Rob Deede.
With a newly remodeled track, and proving to be one of the longest tracks in the state, the Hodag BMX was able to pave the three high banked turns this spring. This created more passing opportunities as well as faster track for riders.
Along with the Badger State Games Friday, it was paired with Hodag BMX's annual Race For Life. The event by USABMX is run throughout the USA and is used to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. While Saturday was the sixth qualifying state race which will count towards points for the Oshkosh state finals that will be held August, 27th.
The Wisconsin Rapids State Qualifier will be held on Sunday, August 30th and will be the final qualifying chance for riders to earn a state title. Hodag BMX will continue with their weekly races on Monday and/or Friday nights through the end of September. When the track is not being used by the Hodag BMX Club, it will be available for public use.
The Hodag BMX Club will host a three-day trilling weekend which will showcase hundreds of riders across the Midwest. First on Friday there will be the Badger State Games as well as Race For Life starting at 6:00PM at the track at West Side Park in Rhinelander under track operator Rob Deede.
Then on Saturday and Sunday Hodag BMX will host the Wisconsin State Championship Qualifier and Regional Gold Cup Qualifier. The races for spectators will be free and for competitors the prices for races range from $20-$30, depending on the event. There will also be concessions held throughout the weekend.
Along with the Badger State Games, it will also but the annual Race For Life event where racers raise money with pledges for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
The club has had approximately 40-50 riders for local races this season, which is the highest it has been in the past eight years. Races are held most Monday and Friday nights throughout the summer.
The Hodag BMX Club members will defiantly have a home course advantage going into the weekend events. Not only have they practiced and raced there all season, but they also have the advantage of a longer course.
Saturday's state qualifiers will be the seventh of eight qualifying events with several riders out chasing not only state points but also national and district points within the USABMX. The Championships will be held in late August in Oshkosh and the final Gold Cup Central will be held next month in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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