New BMX track is off to the races

Seaway News - - Sports - NICK SEE­BRUCH ni­cholas.see­bruch@tc.tc

CORN­WALL, On­tario - Bmx­ers in Corn­wall and the sur­round­ing coun­ties now have a new track to practice and com­pete on.

Af­ter five years of work, the Corn­wall BMX Club’s new BMX track opened in Guid­non Park on Mon­day, June 25, 2018.

“I’m su­per ex­cited and am look­ing for­ward to see­ing all the kids hav­ing fun on the track,” said Track Op­er­a­tor Dan Drouin.

On their open­ing day they had an Olympic Day ride, which was open to ev­ery­one of all skills lev­els. Drouin said that as BMX is an Olympic sport, he wanted to pro­mote the phi­los­o­phy of the Olympic Games on their open­ing day.

Drouin had hoped to have 30 to 40 kids come out to par­tic­i­pate on the first day, but thanks to the won­der­ful weather and strong sup­port he re­vised that num­ber to about 50 or 60.

“There has been a lot of pos­i­tive re­ac­tion,” Drouin said.

The track will host com­pe­ti­tions ev­ery Mon­day night start­ing at 5:30 p.m. Kids will race ac­cord­ing to their age and skill level. The track will also have practice nights on Wed­nes­days, also start­ing at around 5:30 p.m. Drouin said that be­sides those two nights, any­one is welcome to come and use the track as long as it is dry and the gate is open.

The track will be open all sum­mer, and will stay open so long as the win­ter weather holds off.

A young BMX rider run­ning the track on the open­ing day of Corn­wall’s new BMX track on Mon­day, June 25, 2018 (Nick See­bruch/ TC Me­dia).

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