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Indoor Idaho BMX racing revs back up in Caldwell

Posted: 5:41 PM, Mar 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-03 02:16:53Z

CALDWELL — Racers are gearing up for round two of an indoor race series that will culminate in the Gold Cup, a chance for Idaho racers to make it to a national competition.

However, that is just half the story indoor BMX racing returned to the Treasure Valley for the first time in more than 20 years and two weeks ago we showed you how family oriented this sport is.

But there is another side to that coin, Idaho also has some very talented racers who in past years have had to travel out of state to compete during the winter.

So Indoor Idaho BMX removed all the dirt from the track they built a few weeks ago and this week went through the process of rebuilding the track so riders can race.

"It's been a hectic couple of days," said Derek Walz of Indoor Idaho BMX. "It's a major undertaking, but it results in a national caliber track."

A group of dedicated volunteers put in a lot of time even working from 8:00 a.m. to midnight this past Thursday, they are quick to thank their sponsors for the 1800 cubic yards of dirt and the equipment donated to make the track.

It's all in an effort to give riders in Idaho a chance to compete against riders from warm weather states where year-round riding comes easy, but last year 14 riders from Idaho went to the world qualifier and that's why the volunteers work so hard to build a track.

"Our long term goal is to be able to fund raise and work with a number of different cities to find a dedicated building that we can use year round," said Walz.