Big weekend for local BMX track

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- What's taking place this weekend at the Parks at Chehaw's BMX track hasn't happened in a couple of years -- so it was understandable why track director Tommy Knight was so excited Friday.

"Oh, man, it's great. It's one the biggest events all year in BMX racing -- and it's right here this weekend in Albany," said Knight, whose son, Cory, 13, is one of the local riders he hopes will shine during the 2010 Southeast Regional Championships. "We've got some of the best riders in the country (on display) -- amateurs and pros -- and we've got vendors, food and raffles. It's just a great event. And it's a great way to show off our sport."

Knight, a Leesburg native, also says to look out fellow Lee County riders Devin Harris (9-year-old rookie class), Tyler Miles (16-year-old novice class) and even 4-year-old Hunter James, who will compete in the under 5 rookie class. Knight said to also watch out for Sylvester's Sawyer Norman, a 13-year-old speedster who Knight said could very well rise to the occasion on his home track.

The event also serves as a qualifier for the biggest race of the season later this year in Peachtree City.

"When 11 a.m. hits (today), we're gonna drop those nets and start racing," Knight said. "Between the 200 to 300 riders that will be here, you can multiply that times five or six -- and that's how many fans will be right there watching."

Racing continues Sunday with the first event to be held at 8:30 a.m. Spectators only have to pay the price of admission for the park to attend.