OLDSMAR, FL (WFLA) – BMX or bicycle motocross is a multi-million dollar industry and the city of Oldsmar wants a chunk of that change.
This weekend, the city’s BMX Super Cross Track is hosting the Gator Nationals Super Cross series, an Olympic qualification event. Almost 1,000 riders have come to town for it, bringing thousands of dollars to businesses in the area, but the vision for this track doesn’t stop there.
Boasting mild weather and a top-notch training facility, the city of Oldsmar wants to bring international Olympic teams here to train before they take off for Rio in 2016.
“There are only four of these tracks in the United States and right now, we have the best weather of all of them,” said Lynn Rives, leisure services director for the city of Oldsmar.
The sport is attractive for both fans and competitors not only for its high-energy and flashy handle bars, but for the comradery that comes with it.
“It’s a year-round sport and it’s not a ball sport, this sport gives you family and friends that you have worldwide,” said BMX rider Michelle Senger.
BMX became an official Olympic sport in 2008.