By Paul Leach
Dirt track cyclists have the chance to fight blood-related cancers tonight by riding in the 31st annual Bicycle Motocross Race for Life at the Bradley County Recreational Park.
The BMX event is part of an American Bicycle Association effort that began in 1981 to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at BMX tracks across the nation.
Race for Life is a great way to help make changes in the lives of people who are affected by the disease while also enjoying a family sport, said Tammy Finnell, operator of Bradley BMX.
IF YOU GO
What: BMX Race for Life
When: Registration starts at 6 o'clock tonight
Where: Bradley County Recreational Park, 234 Urbane Road, Cleveland, Tenn.
Directions: From I-75, take Cleveland exit 27 and go east on Paul Huff Parkway. Turn left at Urbane Road, passing YMCA. Turn right at Bradley County Recreational Park. BMX track is at top of hill.
For more information: http://bradleybmx.com
"BMX is some of the most fun you can have in the dirt," she said.
The bike-racing event offers plenty of incentives to dirt track regulars and to those who are curious about the sport, said Todd Finnell, who operates the Bradley BMX track with his wife.
Licensed ABA riders earn double points at the race, making it one of a handful of local BMX events to give cyclists a chance at big bumps in cumulative season scores, according to event organizers.
This BMX event does not require an annual ABA license to participate, making it the perfect introduction to competitive dirt track cycling, according to Mr. Finnell.
Riders are required to have their helmet (full-face helmet recommended), wear a long-sleeve shirt, long pants and enclosed shoes.
For more information, contact Bradley BMX at 423-559-9562 or Bradley County Parks & Recreation at 423-728-7035.