By Sean Giggy
(WAOW) - The Central Wisconsin BMX track in Wisconsin Rapids is host to more than 30 tournaments each summer, but for the first time in more than 40 years the track is the heart of the bike racing world this weekend.
Nearly 800 riders and 3000 people total have made their way to Wisconsin Rapids for the American Bicycle Assocation Badger State national race
Amateur racers are competing for awards in three divisions with a separate division for professional riders
Central Wisconsin BMX earned the right to host the national event after submitting a winning bid to the ABA and organizers say the event has been running smoothly so far.
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"We've got a lot of great compliments about our track and the facility and the speed of the track, the technical aspects of the track and the riders have been really pleased with the track that have ridden it so far," said John Bingham, president of central Wisconsin BMX.
"We've worked really hard at this track for a couple years now and it's very great to have it here," said racer Kyle Kulack from Wisconsin Rapids.
"It should be very exciting for the town. It should be pretty successful."
"A lot of the nationals are out west or they're down south or southwest, southeast and stuff like that, so this is nice," said Madison resident and 67-year-old racer John Maurer."
Online reporter: Sean Giggy