BENNINGTON >> Get ready to pedal on over to Willow Park next weekend as Vermont's only BMX race track will host one of this year's USA BMX Northeast Gold Cup races.
After sending in an application to host the event, Catamount BMX was selected by USA BMX to hold a Gold Cup qualifier on Saturday, July 9.
"It's an honor to be selected to host a Gold Cup qualifier," said Catamount BMX track operator Jillianne Davis. "This event will help show the people of Bennington more about what BMX racing is all about and why it's fun to do."
Riders from all over the Northeast region are expected to compete.
The race is one of many qualifiers that are a part of the Gold Cup series, where riders have to place in the top eight of their class (beginner, intermediate and expert) in two races to qualify for the Gold Cup final in their region.
To participate in the race, riders will have to pay $30 to race.
In addition to hosting the Gold Cup qualifier, Catamount BMX will also hold two more races over the same weekend.
On Friday, the Bob Warnicke Memorial race will be on hand, while on the Vermont State Qualifier race will be held on Sunday.
Friday's race will help riders earn points towards their district class, with the $20 fee going towards the Bob Warnicke scholarship fund.
The state qualifier race on Sunday will be for all Vermont BMX riders to earn points towards competing for the top four spots in their respective divisions.
Riders must compete in the state qualifier to be eligible to a win a state title.
The fee for the race is $20, making it $70 for riders who want to race in all three events.
The "Mega Points Weekend," as Davis calls it, will hopefully get more people involve in BMX.
Every Sunday from May-September, Catamount BMX holds a race, so having this mega weekend Davis believes could help get more people in involved with BMX.
"Doing this mega weekend of racing I hope will get more kids and their families involved in the sport of BMX," Davis said. "Having three major races like we're having will bring more riders to compete in events and that will show the fans in attendance, why BMX is such a fun sport to be a part of."
So far, there are close to 250 riders expected to compete in the weekend-long event and Davis believes possibly more people will sign to race in the event over the next few days.
For more information on the Gold Cup qualifier and weekend long event, please contact Davis (802) 733-6732, or visit the Catamount BMX website www.catamountbmx.org.