ST. CLOUD - A sweltering hot day at the end of the summer couldn't keep hundreds of bikers away from the BMX Minnesota State Finals at Pineview Park.

The finals are a culmination of a year of state qualifying races from every track in the state. Younger racers will also be going for their state number plates during the event.

With so many bikers gathering in central Minnesota, Mark Post, the track operator of Pineview Park, says he's amazed at how the sport has grown over the years.

"It's a great feeling to see how this sport has grown since we started in 1998 here." Post said, "A big race used to be 10 moto's, and now the smallest race this year has been 25."

Bikers of all ages participated in timed practices on the track. Anybody who can ride a bike was able to register.

"Anybody can do it, we've had them as young as two as soon as they can get their training wheels around, and we've had as old as 65 on the track" Post said.

With the high expected to be in the mid-90's today, precautions were taken to ensure bikers had a safe racing environment. Extra water was available along with several shaded areas where bikers could take breaks.


Dan DeBaun , WJON News
Dan DeBaun , WJON News