2019-06-19 ssl--bmx

Kaylee Lovins in March when she qualified for the BMX World Championships in Belgium.

A 7-year-old girl is getting ready to go from the local BMX track to racing for Team USA in the 2019 BMX World Championships in Belgium in July.

Kaylee Lovins’ mother, Cassie Waybourn, said her daughter became interested in BMX at the age of 3. Her stepfather, Richard Gresham, took her after racing 20 years himself.

“She watched (Gresham) intently,” Waybourn said. “She wanted to do it.”

Waybourn said Kaylee’s first bike was a hand-me-down from her stepbrother.

“It became an addiction,” she said. “The first time she fell, she got back up and on the bike. ... She focuses on BMX.”

Since then, the family has done a lot of traveling for BMX — to 14 states last year and about five this year.

Waybourn said Kaylee raced and qualified for the World Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico in March.

“I’m super excited, proud,” she said. “Her face lit up, her smile was huge.”

The BMX World Championships will be July 23-27 in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.

Waybourn said they’re working to raise money to send Kaylee to the the World Championships, set up a GoFundMe Page, and plan to have raffles, as well.

Those who are interested in Kaylee's BMX adventures can join her Facebook group.

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