The First 13: National Schedule January thru May 2019
COMING JANUARY 2019: The new National Season will kick off like usual, at the Short Track Capital of the World; the South Point Hotel, Casino and Arena. BMX short-track racing is super exciting to watch, as there's a ton of action in every turn - and the South Point is the perfect place for good times. Inside the hotel and casino is everything the family needs - games, movies and bowling for the kids, and clubs and gambling for the adults ...not to mention, the awesome pool facility. (Hint: Be sure to catch the Spazmatics on Saturday night!). Race-wise, there's a huge warm-up area (arena), and your pits can be Rental Stalls (for a fee) to store your bikes and gear overnight.
You definitely don't want to miss out on the first National of the year - especially since it's a 3-Day'er.
Stop No.2 of the USA BMX series drops again in Louisville, at the KEC Arena. It's super convenient, located just across the freeway from the airport. (So close, we've seen people ride their bikes from the airport to the hotel - but we recommend a shuttle.) The arena is ideal for a BMX event and even has enclosed, furnished VIP Lounges up for rent, all around the arena, with great views from the track.
COMING FEBRUARY 2019: The second month starts off with the third National event, and for those who didn't get their fill of Tulsa back in November - USA BMX is thrilled to return to the City that Loves BMX Racing: T-Town. The Ford Truck Arean is located right across the parking lot from the Grands location, and the track is always a great one (utilizing the Grands dirt). Extra Special for this year is the fact that Tulsa's a 3-Day National, and will hold the honor of hosting the annual Presidents Cup. Special prizes will go out toward the individual "overall" winners from the three days, as well as the race between State -vs- State.
Can anybody beat Calfironia?!
Stop No.4 on the USA BMX circuit comes to our company's hometown, for the first outdoor National of the year - Black Mountain BMX in North Phoenix. With a ton of room for RV parking and camping, many BMX families flock to the Phoenix race, for its great racing and always awesome track. Longtime track operator Debbi Kelly and her crew really know how to put on a show and everybody leaves the Valley of the Sun happy. This is also the kick-off for the 2019 Pro Series, so with UCI points on the line for Olympic country qualification, you can expect the who's-who of International BMX to be present.
The following week is another Pro Series race, and for the first time in 2019 - USA BMX will take the Pros to the big Olympic-sized starting grid of Oldsmar BMX in Florida. Stop No.5 in the series will bring the BMX world to the Sunshine State, right outside of Tampa, FL. Mayor Beavus and his City are always proud to host the BMX families and riders to their bright city, which has a ton of great restaurants and plenty to see. Racing at Oldsmar is always awesome, with a challenging dual-hill track and gigantic asphalt turns, making this one of the best races of the year.
Oldsmar is also excited to host the first of two UCI Worlds qualifiers - held on Friday, to see who qualifies to be on #TeamUSA for 2019 (*The UCI Worlds are being held in Zolder, Belgium for 2019) - so expect to see some great battles for those limited spots.
COMING MARCH 2019: Stop No.6 on the USA BMX national series returns to Cajun Country; and one of the most fun indoor tracks we ever build. Last year, track builder Billy Allen and his boys got creative with the corkscrew loopty-doop first turn (utilizing a cross-over section), and we can't wait to see what he has in store for us at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center. This is a super fun national to attend, as hotels are super close-by (right across the parking lot) and the legendary Duck Commander HQ (as seen on their hit TV series Duck Dynasty) is just a mile down the road.
Next up in March will be the highest elevated race of the year; in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Spring Nationals tradition returns to Duke City BMX, and this year will again be a Pro Series stop. In 2018, the pros really put on a show in ABQ, with some all-out battles and amazing action thru Albuquerque's Pro section. Also at stake is the second and final chance to qualify for #TeamUSA; to earn an invite to the UCI Worlds in Zolder, Belgium.
On the last weekend of March, timed perfect for many riders Spring Break, we are pleased to bring you the Carolina Nationals in Rock Hill, South Carolina - previous host track of the UCI Worlds. If you've never been to the Rock Hill's multi-million dollar facility, you will be blown away by the venue. It's easily one of the finest BMX facilities in the country. With its double-hill layout, mondo berms, grassy in and outfield, plush grandstands and large/clean restrooms, riders and parents love coming to this race.
Better yet, this year will mark the return of the USA Cycling Elite National Championships - which will play a part in the Olympic qualifying process for #TeamUSA and could be a factor in who gets to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.
COMING APRIL 2019: April begins with the Super nationals - "Under the big top," as they often say on Chris' Corner video podcast. The roofed venue in DeSoto is no stranger to putting on big National events,
Following Texas, the BMX gang heads to the Northwest - and the always-awesome First Interstate Bank Center in Redmond. The arena is perfect, the dirt is ideal and the seating is plush and comfy. Not a bad seat in the house! This is one of the staff's all-time favorite Indoors of the year, and we hope to see you there on April 12-14 for the Great Northwest Nationals.
Toward the end of April, the USA BMX circuit heads back outdoors for good (well, until #V2 in July), as we head to Cobb County BMX. This will be the third year we've raced on this fairly-new track, and the Pros will be returning to take on their big Pro section and put on a show for the fans. We can't wait for the Dixieland Nationals - April 26-28th.
COMING MAY 2019: Five months into the new year and we've got two stop in May for you. By this time of the year, every BMX track across the county has thawed out and there are plenty of local, State and Gold Cup races to hit up. But for those wanting to hit the National circuit and take on the very best our sport has to offer, we've got two great ones for you.
At the beginning of May, we head to centrally-located Bakersfield, California. With such major improvements to this facility over the past few years, we'll return for the third year in a row to the smooth, concrete turns of Metro BMX. As home to plenty of top-notch Factory riders and major teams, the talent runs deep in Bako, and the racing will be big-time.
For Memorial Day weekend, the 2019 series returns to its home in Nashville, Tennessee for the Music City Nationals. This track consistently ranks in the Top 1 or 2 of every top rider's pick for Best Track Ever. It's fast, it's fun and the competition is always fierce. Located in a State Park, just hundreds of feet from a lake, it's a great venue to camp out at, and the "Heart" of Nashville is closeby (including the Opry - only 21 min away). Being a three-day National, on a three-day weekend, be sure to take in the many sights of Nashville on Monday before you head home.
Stay tuned for the rest of the 2019 Schedule to be announced prior to Grands.