BY NOUR HABIB World Scene Writer
Thursday, November 22, 2012
11/22/12 at 5:20 AM
The USA BMX national bicycle motocross series concludes with this weekend's Grand Nationals at the QuikTrip Center at Expo Square. Riders from around the world will be in town for what has been called "The Greatest Race on Earth."
Practice and sign-ups begin Thursday, then professional and amateur riders will show off their skills Friday through Sunday.
More than 3,000 entrants from 17 countries participated in last year's event, according to a press release from USA BMX.
More than 800 truckloads of dirt will turn the center into a bicycle motocross track, featuring bumps, jumps and steeply banked turns.
Events begin Friday with the Race of Champions/Presidents Cup competition at 7:30 a.m. On Saturday, the first round of qualifying races for the Grands begins at 9 a.m. and the Pro Spectacular & NAG-5 Challenge begins at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. Title races begin at noon Sunday.
Admission is free except for the Saturday night Pro Spectacular, which is $10. The two-hour event features top professional riders, including Olympic team members from at least six countries, competing for the USA BMX No. 1 Pro titles.
Bike vendors and other retailers will also be on hand during the event.
For more information, including a detailed schedule, visit tulsaworld.com/bmx
Competitors race during the ABA Grands XXXIII BMX races on the lower level of the QuikTrip Center at the Tulsa Fairgrounds in 2010. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World file