Riders compete in a race at the Greater Victoria BMX club’s track at the West Shore Parks and Recreation Centre in Colwood. Riders will soon be competing again as the group prepares for the upcoming season.

Gearing up for a new season in Colwood

Local club sees more girls and parents getting involved

Riders across the region are jumping in anticipation of another action packed season of races at Greater Victoria BMX’s track.

The organization includes more than 220 members of all skill levels, ranging in age from two to 60, who hone their skills at the track built in 2007 at the West Shore Parks and Recreation’s facilities in Colwood.

One of the bigger events on the horizon for the upcoming season is the Vancouver Island National championship from July 29 to 31, said Joanne Parkinson, secretary of the Greater Victoria BMX executive.

“We’re very excited about this one because it draws BMX families from Canada and the U.S.,” Parkinson said, adding that the track will be rebuilt in advance of the event.

Greater Victoria BMX, a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that relies on sponsorships to operate, has a 30-year history that has attracted enthusiasts from across the Capital Region.

The season runs from April to October, with two races a week for local riders, as well as a number of larger competitions, including the annual Race For Life, which raises funds for the B.C. Children’s Hospital.

“The sport is a true family affair, with many multi-generational participants,” Parkinson said. “We have parents that join after seeing how much fun their kids are having. We even have a moms’ group of riders.”

Greater Victoria BMX is hosting an information session and rider registration from 1 to 3 p.m., March 20 at the track, located behind The Q Centre.

“We’re always looking for new riders,” Parkinson said. “We’re seeing more girls get involved in the past few years, which is just great.”

For more information on races, scheduling and registration for Greater Victoria BMX or to get involved as a sponsor, go to victoriabmx.com, e-mail bmxvictoria@gmail.com or call Kathleen at 250-415-2622 or Tara at 250-217-1812.

reporter@goldstreamgazette.com

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