11-25-2004 STARTING TODAY!
The day started with much comotion just after sun up and didn't finish till
after dark. The riders go a few minutes on the track to Practice today,
which is the only time they will have to Practice all weekend.
As usual the track has an awesome lay-out, a 'u' inside a 'u'. This year
as each year the track is different. It didn't take long to find a few
spots there were problems with. The smaller riders did have a hard time
just making it to the finish line this time. It seems there is a sloped
tabletop just before the Finish Line, this table is so steep and the riders
approach slow enough some didn't get up. There was also a lot of talk about
how loose and soft the track was today. Places had very loose dirt. Since
the dirt is stored in Tulsa and there has been about a month of rainy
weather this dirt is damp. Let us hope it packs better during Practice
today and some changes are made this evening or riders will have a hard
time this weekend.
The Pro section is big and most riders who dared to rider it had a little
trouble hitting the jumps, they are huge! After some time on the track most
had made it through cleanly.
The weather was a little chilly this morning and stayed cool all day with a
high of only 57 with a 16 mph wind made it feel about 40 most of the
afternoon and Frosty was there for a visit this morning. The skies were
clear and stayed that way all day.
This year is BIGGER and BETTER than most. It seems the ABA has once again
opened the races to VENDORS. As wish move as most didn't like the 'PRO BIKE'
deal. This year has more vendors and parts than any other race and if this
continues the whole building will be full next year.
for a GREAT GRANDS!
The TEAMS are out in force this year and it is easy to tell. There are more
this year than we have had here and it looked as if everyone was having fun
at this important race.
TOP OF PAGE 11-26-2004 SOME SERIOUS RACING TODAY
This morning things got started a little earlier than yesterday. Before the
sun came up the doors opened and things didn't stop till way after dark.
Today is the Race of Champions and it will be HOT racing action at
its best and will preview some riders who will race in the GRANDS.
The track was a little different today in good and bad ways. The roller
coming out of the last turn had been removed overnight and most of the
track was a little more dry today. There were several places the dirt is
really loose early and things didn't get better. One thing about this track
is the same for everyone good and bad. Riders who know what to do on
a track which has loose material didn't have any problems. But some had
problems and some overcame their problems to win.
It was a little warmer today and the wind died off some to make for a great
day. The sky did have a few clouds but they were thin and none had that
nasty four letter word coming from them. It wouldn't have mattered as this
race is indoors.
There were many more people around today and the crowds will only grow
until Sunday. It was quite apparent racing has started as many in the crowd
were sounding off for their favorite riders. This year you can hear the race
announcer all over the building and it makes things nice as you walk around
looking at all the booths in the Expo Center.
Things got hotter as the day went along ending with the PRO SPECTACULAR this
evening. What a great start to the BIGGEST BMX RACE IN THE WORLD.
TOP OF PAGE 11-27-2004 GRAND GRANDS
Today we got to sleep in an extra half hour and racing started at 9:00am.
Things didn't slow down till after dark again today.
It was a little different story on the track today as work on it lasted
late last night and started before races this morning. Some places still
had wet spots and loose dirt again today. Some quick fixes were used to get
some of the real problem areas corrected. All that aside as said before
the track is awesome and it is apparent there has been a lot of work put
into it for the riders to have a great track to compete on this weekend.
The weather was once again on the cool side with a little more wind today
than yesterday with more high clouds. If you stayed in the sun and out of
wind it was nice outside.
This marked the start of the GRANDS and what a start it was. It seemed as
if someone brought the other bus today as the rider count took a huge jump
overnight. With 494 moto's the ABA crew had their hands full both on the
track and off. It looks as if this one will be another record year for this
It was a good day for more than BMX riders today as the ABA had their Track
Operators meeting today with 41 TO's signing in, there were more as some did
not sign in. After all was said and done things are really going to change
in BIG ways for the ABA, ABA tracks and riders for 2005. Without going into
details here lets just say we have many new things ahead which should have
a lasting affect on the local level. All TO's will know about these changes
in the rules, events and other things that affect all of us very soon. It
was a good time to put a face with a name and get insight from other TO's
along with just talking about problems and ideas each track faces. There
was a big round of applause for Kelly Cross (TO) of
out of Topeka Kansas for being the TOP fundraiser for the Race for Life
series this year.
We also learned this was another record setting year for total donations
which topped $330,000 this year. One day that money will help someone we
don't know in a way we may never be able to imagine.
Tomorrow is the BIG SHOW and things are ready now. The crowds are ready, the
track is ready and the riders are ready. It may be the end of the year for
us but it will be the beginning of a building year for the ABA, our tracks
TOP OF PAGE 11-28-2004 THE BIG RACE IS OVER
This day got off to a cold start but things got hot as soon as the first
SEMI got off the gate.
The track was great again today but had more loose material all over. There
was damp spots again today but many overcame the problem areas and went on
to win today.
Today was a lot colder with a strong wind which made things feel a lot
colder and the heavy clouds started to roll in this morning. It seemed as
if it got colder as the day went by.
The first thing on the agenda today was to finish the SEMI's which numbered
196 MOTO's. As said this got the day started and with heat from the first
moto on it was tuff and very competitive all day long. Things went very
smooth throught this rounds of races.
It was now time to start the MAIN's, even though there was 109 MOTO's again
it went very smooth and the racing just got hotter as each moto came to the
gate. AA Pro was a mess the first round and there was problems in the
second and final rounds but Bubba Harris somehow came out on top with a BIG
WIN and he was very happy!
Samantha Cools took the Girl Pro award.
"C Money" Jason Carne$ won Vet Pro.
Alise Post took both National #1 Girl & Girl Cruiser
Terrell Proctor won Cruiser on points.
You can read more on the ABA site
After it was all said and done this was a very unforgettable GRANDS for
many riders, fans and parents. The crowds were there all day
giving support to the riders. There are a few who will go home with a 'horse'
We want the thank everyone who came out for these awesome races and hope
everyone makes it home safe and sound. THANKS again from Oklahoma!