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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The Rhinelander BMX had a faced some tough competition when they travelled to Madison Saturday to compete in the Madtown BMX. Not only did the Hodag riders fear the storms that were rolling in but it was also the longest track in the state with newly paved turns and recently sealed, making the conditions extremely fast. "We had a strong showing from Hodag BMX with nearly everyone making the main," said Robbie Deede, Hodag BMX Track Operator.
They were able to earn several top five finishes in the races, and a few racers also took part in the Gold Cup Qualifier. Addison Swaney finished third place in the Gold Cup in the 5-Novice class. Ashton Swaney also placed third in the 8-Expert class in the Gold Cup. And Raven Sturtevant finished second place in the 13-Girls class, also the Gold Cup. Sturtevant also placed second in the 13-14 Girl Cruiser class. Brian Sturtevant finished 3rd in the 41-45-Inter class, and third place in the 41-45 Cruiser. "Madison is the longest track in the state and have newly paved turns and sealed track, which is very fast," Deede noted. "They braved the elements too, squeaking the race in just before storms hit."
The Hodag BMX racers will take part in the State Qualifier on July 12th and the Quad City Nationals on July 17th. There final competition will be July 26th when they compete in the Central Wisconsin State Qualifier.
Additional Top Finishes:
Alexander Aguirre 1st -9 Novice Armando Aguirre 3rd- 9 Novice Owen Ives 3rd- 9 Inter
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