Albany-- Thousands of bicycle racers are in Albany this weekend, for the annual National BMX Fall Classic. Riders from 36 states are expected to compete at the BMX track at the Parks at Chehaw.
Lawrence Garrard of Memphis, Tennessee is getting his BMX bike ready for some fast racing excitement this weekend. The 15-year-old Tennessee state champion says BMX racing is the sport he loves. "It's a single person sport. I don't like teams. I don't like a coach telling me what I can and can not do. That's the way I like it."
BMX racing is a big part of The Garrard family. Eleven-year-old Hanna is also a state champion rider. Dad George is the head of the Fog Designs racing team. They travel across the South with their trailer and tents, racing. George said "I do it for my kids. It's a family sport that I can take them to. I know where they are. I know they are healthy."
Lawrence said, "I'm here having fun with my parents and my sisters. It's fun, and I'm glad they spend the money on me."
The track was too wet to ride on Friday morning. Workers used torches and sand to dry out the track, getting it ready for the start of Southeast Regional Championships tonight. Tomorrow the National Fall Classic begins at 11:00, and one thousand riders will compete.
Sunday morning the finals will begin at 8:00. Lawrence hopes to take home to Memphis more championship trophies. Lawrence said "It's the best thing that ever happened to me."
Riders from age 4 to 60 will compete in the National Fall Classic. More than 8,000 people are expected to attend the weekend's big race.