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BMX training at Chehaw

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

August 20, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Bicycle Motorcross better know as BMX, is an official Olympic sport for the first time in Beijing.

Some young riders in Albany are on the right track to pedal to the Olympics one day.

Riders launch themselves off of an incline and speed through hills, turns, and jumps.

Children as young as five race with the Chehaw BMX Group.

Park officials and the track's director hope the Olympic attention will draw more people to the Chehaw track.

"We have some of them they would like to go to the Olympics, we've got a 10-year-old expert,  he's 5th in the world, and I believe he's going to make it to the Olympics," said Ricky Lawrence, Chehaw Park Track Director.

"You can come to the track anytime, as long as you have a helmet long sleeves and a bike you can come out here, and it's free with park admission," Sherrell Byrd, Special Events Coordinator.

Chehaw hosts organized races on many Saturdays.

The Olympic medal races were rained out Wednesday in Beijing.

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