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The First Thirteen - of 2018

Filed under General on September 29, 2017 | Comment(s)

The first thirteen stops for the 2018 National schedule have just been announced. ...and by the looks of things, we're in for another epic year of National caliber racing.

Check out these delicious destinations - leading up to May.


 

 LAS VEGAS - South Point Arena - Jan. 12-14

As usual, the brand new National season will again kick off in 'Vegas. And if you haven't yet had the opportunity to attend one of the two stops during the year at South Point, then you need to add it to your BMX bucket list. It's short track racing at its finest, and with every amenity imaginable within the South Point, there's no reason to leave the hotel/casino. 

New for this year is the addition of the Presidents Cup, which moves West for the very first time. Riders will be competing over three days for an extra award - the traditional, customized Prez' Cup trophy. Stay tuned for more details.

 


 LOUISVILLE - Freedom Hall at the Fairgrounds - Jan. 26-28

The indoor circuit continues with stop No.2 on the 2018 National schedule, as USA BMX returns to the KEC Freedom Hall on the fairgrounds. With closeby hotels right outside of the expo building, which is right across the freeway from the Louisville Airport, you can literally ride your bike back and forth if you wanted to avoid getting a rental car. It's that close! 

With plush arena seating with box-seats available to rent, your pit area could be first-class with a great view of the track from any location. The arena, which once hosted the UCI World Championships back in 2001, has great dirt and a good size floor to build an ideal National course. The pit and vendor area is also extremely large, so there is a ton of room for teams, brands and mobile vendors to set up inside, away from the elements. 


 TULSA . Ford Truck Arena - Feb. 9-11

Just across the parking lot from the Grands-location (the River Spirit Expo) is a row of Ford-sponsored buildings. The nicest one of the bunch is the Ford Truck Arena- where USA BMX has held the Sooner Nationals for the past four or five years. The Sooner's track is always a fun one and the quality dirt available ensures a great course that'll be unique and challenging to riders of all ages. 

Centrally located smack-dab in the middle of the United States, this one is easy for all to fly in and out of, and its a proven fact that the City of Tulsa LOVES BMX. This will surely be one you won't want to miss. 


PHOENIX - Black Mountain BMX - Feb. 16-18 

Black Mountain is fast! Black Mountain is fun! Black Mountain is a blast, and traditionally kicks off the outdoor season of USA BMX nationals. With a ton of camping spots, the Arizona Winter Nats is always a great race for RV'ing, and keeps the fun and excitement going 24 hours a day.   

Phoenix will also kick off the first PRO Series race of 2018, where many of the top Elite pros and Olympic athletes will compete for the prize money and points. Traditionally, winning at the Winters has been a big factor for Pro athletes, which sets the tone for the new year.


  But that's not all! If you didn't make your main at Rock Hill's World Championships, and are
  wanting to go to the 2018 Worlds in Baku, Azerbaijan - the Winters will be one of two Team USA
  Qualifiers. 

One thing is for sure: the action at this year's Winter Nationals will be non-stop!   

 


 

 OLDSMAR - Oldsmar BMX - February 23-25

Round two of the 2018 Pro Series continues the next week, as the BMX World travels across the U.S. to the sunshine state, for the ultimate dual-hill facility in Oldsmar. With their Olympic-level starting grid, Pros will be coming off of the big hill and goin' bonkers over the challenging Oldsmar track. The Gators will also play host to the USA Cycling "race for the sleeve" - Elite National Championships. American Pros only will compete for the opportunity to slap a stars & stripes sleeve to their jersey, which will score them some bonus credentials in two years when the Tokyo games come around.

  But that's not all! If you didn't make your main at Rock Hill's World Championships, and are
  wanting to go to the 2018 Worlds in Baku, Azerbaijan - the Winters will be one of two Team USA 
  Qualifiers.

Amateur riders will be coming off of the 5 meter hill and hitting the monster berms and radical track with the skills of a seasoned BMX Pro. It's been said - if you win at Oldsmar, then you can win anywhere! With plenty of tourist attractions - including the home base of J&R Bicycles and Profile Racing closeby, there's always plenty of other fun activities to do before or after the races. Make a vacation out of it! 


LOUISIANA - Ike Hamilton Expo - March 9-11

There's a lot more to do in West Monroe than to just visit Duck Commander headquarters (but if you like, it's only 10 minutes from the arena). Once you've bought your duck call, it's time toot your own horn on the track. Winning at any USA BMX National is a feat in itself, and the Cajun nationals have drawn some impressive numbers the past couple of years.

Maybe it's the fun and fast track? Or maybe it's that great Southern Hospitality? Or perhaps its the USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships? This is the one big race of the year for Colleges with a cycling program. Every top-BMX student with a BMX scholarship will be in attendance, vying for the stars and bars Collegiate sleeve and Championship title.
For whatever reason it may be, the Cajuns are one National you won't want to miss out on! 


 ALBUQUERQUE - Duke City BMX - March 16-18

Under the tall covered roof of Duke City BMX is New Mexico's thrill-ride of a BMX track, with cool elevation changes and a variety of obstacles that'll be fun for novices and experts alike. Located just up the street from the Isotopes stadium (ABQ's Minor League Baseball team), near the UNM campus, this year's Spring Nationals will be an excellent Southwestern experience for all attendees.  

And better yet - PRO racing returns to Duke City! This will be Round 3 of the 2018 Pro series, with the World's fastest Elite athletes puttin' on a show.  


ROCK HILL - Novant Health BMX Supercross - March 23-25

Round four for the Pro Series takes us back to the home of the 2017 UCI World Championships! If you didn't have the chance to compete at the Worlds, now is your chance for redemption. And if you DID race Rock Hill at the Worlds, then you know oh-so-well how incredible this first-class facility is! The track is monstrous, with no shortage of passing room anywhere on the track. You have room to spare when making your moves and the gigantic asphalt turns are just begging to be carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey.

Being a Pro Series race, this will be the second "Big Hill" race of 2018, as the Pros and Super-Open (Amateur) racers will launch themselves into infamy off the 8-meter hill. After such an incredible World Champs, everybody will be chomping at the bit to take on Rock Hill once more. 


 

OREGON - The First Interstate Bank Center - April 6-8

 Located indoors at Redmond's Deschutes County Fairgrounds, the newly re-named First Interstate Bank Center has played host to the Great Northwest national fort he past decade (since 2008) and there's a good reason this race keeps returning to Central Oregon. Great track, great racing, great riders and great amenities - from hotels to restaurants. 

Placed strategically at the hub of the tri-county area (Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook Counties), this race is the perfect draw for racers from all corners. And if you're looking for extra activities - from snowboarding to mountain biking, Redmond has it all!


 

ATLANTA - Cobb County BMX - April 20-22

In 2017, the BMX World was introduced to the all-new and massively improved Cobb County BMX -and we all loved it. For 2018, USA BMX and hordes of BMX families in search of fun will be in attendance for the Dixieland Nationals - including many of the top AA-pros and women pros. 

Located in Powder Springs, GA - a northwest suburb of Atlanta, Cobb County BMX has been the pride of Wild Horse Creek Park, and with its grass fields and shady trees, this may very well be one of the most relaxed and comfortable locations on the 2018 circuit. You can't beat the friendliness of the Georgia locals and track staff, and the action on the track never disappoints.


 

TEXAS - DeSoto BMX - May 4-6

Since building DeSoto's covered arena, this track has bred some of the fastest racers in the sport and hosted Texas' most talked-about BMX racing over the past 18 years. Now with new TO's (former racer Casey haar and her husband Chris), along with a solid group of volunteers, DeSoto BMX recently hosted an impressive Gold Cup Finals, and everyone could not wait for the Super nationals to return to the track under the big top. 

Located just south of Dallas, DeSoto has plenty of nearby hotels and a ton of attractions close by, and whether you chose DFW or Love Field, flights into Dallas are affordable and never a problem. 


BAKERSFIELD - Metro BMX - May 18-20 

After a very impressive Fall Nationals most recently, USA BMX wanted to come back for more!

The West Coast will be stoked to know that the USA BMX National circuit will return to Bakersfield, at the newly revamped and totally dialed-in Metro BMX track. Under new management, this track is quickly becoming one of the best facilities in California - deservingly a host to the 2018 Golden State Nationals. 

BMX Racing in California in the month of May?! What can be better than that?! 

 


 

NASHVILLE - Music City BMX - May 25-27

Memorial Day weekend 2018 is going to be chock full of BMX action, as the Music City Nationals returns for a 3-Day national weekend, along with Round Six of the 2018 Pro Series. Typically named by top-ranked Amateurs as their all-time favorite track, Music City has a little bit of everything for all skill levels of riders. The famous first straightaway escalates quickly with speed and big air, and as you rock through the asphalt turns, the track becomes a fun-filled thrill ride of a roller coaster that you never want to end. 

As a Pro Series event, you'll be able to watch and cheer on the very best in BMX as they near the halfway point in the 2018 Pro battle. You'll also love the atmosphere of Nashville - from the lakeside track, the tree-lined pit areas, to the nearby attractions such as the grand ol' Opry and Musci row in downtown Nashville.

With Monday off for vacationing or taking your time to get home, come and see what Nashville has to offer!

 


 

Stay tuned for the remainder of the 2018 Schedule. To be announced SOON! Until then, you can start planning your BMX schedule for next season right now and putting in those time-off requests so that you can check some more tracks off that bucket list. 

We hope to see you at the races in 2018!  

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