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Nationals arrive at Oak Creek BMX

Top riders prepare to race for titles this weekend
By: Brett Ransford, Press Tribune Correspondent
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Bruce and Linda Minton welcome back the American Bicycle Association’s Summer Nationals of Bicycle Motocross to their Oak Creek BMX track in Roseville this weekend. In 25 years of operation at Oak Creek, the event has become an annual attraction for the sport and the community. The top professional BMX riders from around the world return to the Riverside Avenue midway between the Beijing Olympics and the 2012 games in London. Over 2,000 amateur racers will join the world’s best in attendance with more than 7,000 spectators expected to look on. Admission is free to all spectators and the event welcomes family involvement including both male and female competitors and ages ranging from the five-and-under to the 56 and over cruiser class. 2009 World Champion Donny Robinson has been racing at the Roseville track for the past 20 years. At age 26 Robinson has mastered the world of BMX racing. The Napa resident was a 2008 Bronze Medalist in the Beijing Olympics, Union Cycliste Internationale No. 1 world ranked rider, a multiple overall UCI World Cup champion, the 2007 U.S. national champion and the 2006 ABA National No. 1 pro crusier. Robinson is a hopeful for the 2012 London Olympics and said a stop in Roseville once a year or every other year is a staple on the world racing scene. “It’s one of the biggest races around the country and it’s just one of those things that you know when you come to Roseville for Nationals it’s going to be hot that week, it’s going to be dusty and there’s always some great racing action at this track,” Robinson said. “The layout never chances so racers know what to expect and it’s not too technical so it makes for some great passing and great racing for the spectators. This track is located at a perfect spot and very visible so people can drive by and with free admission they can all come by and hopefully get more people involved in the sport.” Acting on his own behalf and essentially as a steward for the newest Olympic sport, Robinson is the true professional. Folsom’s own professional racer Riley “Tokyo Drift” Stair is no stranger to Oak Creek. A few times a week he’s out practicing and training at the track where he won both amateur classes in both days at last year’s Roseville Nationals. “The facility is great. They really do a lot in the community and area to put on this race every year and put a lot of effort into it,” Stair said. “My family usually comes out and in general a lot of families come out. There’s a lot of close friends and relatives coming out to supportive riders they know. A lot of people want to come out and see what it’s all about and really come out to enjoy the weekend.” 1,100 feet of jumps and track stand between Stair and Robinson and their respective titles this weekend. Events began Friday as racers practiced all day and participated in a pre-race event. Saturday is the first official day of racing of the ABA Summer Nationals. Racing begins at 11:30 a.m. and span all day concluding around 7 p.m. Sunday racing begins at 8 a.m. and wraps around 5 p.m., capping off the weekend’s events and ceremonies will follow. Information about this weekend’s events can be found at the Oak Creek BMX website, www.rosevillebmx.com or www.norcaltracks.com, or the American Bicycle Association’s Summer Nationals BMX website at www.ababmx.com. Oak Creek BMX track is located at 648 Riverside Ave, Roseville. Parking is available at the track's Vernon Street entrance. Track owner Linda Minton can be contacted at 530-755-0435 or by email at norcaltracks@yahoo.com.