What is BMX? Well, in a literal sense it is the commonly used abbreviation for "Bicycle Motocross" but in the philosophical sense it is a type of bike riding lifestyle with an incredible history. Origins of BMX:  The history of BMX is partially tied to the history of the motorcycle in particular the "dirt bike". In the 1960's and 70's motorcycles were becoming very popular and dirt bike racing exploded into the motorsport scene. In 1971the academy award nominated movie "On any Sunday" which depicts the "coolness" of motorcycle racing brought tremendous attention to sport. If you were a kid that could afford a motorcycle or your parents would let you even near one of those "crazy things" it was what you did. If you couldn't, you did the next best thing. You raced your bicycle in the dirt. And BMX was born. In the early 1970's your choice of bicycles were very limited and your best options were the Schwinn Stingray or the Huffy Penguin which could be pulled apart and modified to look kind of like a motorcycle. There were after market parts you could buy to make your bike better for the dirt and tracks very similar to ones used in the motor sports. It became so popular that by the mid 1970's a company called "Mongoose" headed up by Skip Hess began building bicycles specifically designed for the BMX industry. Durango's very own "John Tomac" began his famous mountain biking career with BMX racing which helped boost him in the newly emerging sport in the 1980's. Dirt is not the only place to take your super toughed out bike. There are plenty of places to show your skillz out in the urban arena with a form of cycling called "freestyle". This involves jumping on or over objects in the streets or skate parks. Riders perform tricks (stunts) that seem to defy the limits of human ability using ramps and vertical walls with ever increasing degrees of difficulty. Gone are the days where the wheelie and the stoppie were king, replaced with tricks like the "Back Flip", "Superman" and "Nac-Nac" to name a few. WHERE to go: Durango, being such a great cycling community also has quite a large following of BMX bike riders and offers a very nice and well maintained track. The Durango BMX is located next to the Animas River trail just south of Santa Rita Park with plenty of parking and bleachers for viewing. For directions click on the BMX icon in the map to the right.  This well groomed BMX park open 24/7 and is 100% volunteer based, helping to keep it well groomed and functional is greatly appreciated!  Practices are every Tuesday 5pm until dark during the summer months.  Races are generally on Saturdays, so come check out the fun!!!  For more information please visit the Durango BMX  website. The other area popular for riding is at the Durango Skateboard Park which is next to the Animas River Trail just across the river from the Fire Department. Strider BMX: BMX riding as a sport is available for people of any age and can be your child's very first cycling experience. Strider bikes do not have peddles or training wheels and allows your youngster to use their feet to move forward. Durango BMX even has strider races that your child can enter just for fun! This allows kids to learn how to ride, make friends and have a great time doing so. If you would like more information about the Durango BMX course or events please use the link to visit their website click here! BMX is just one of several two wheel sports that people in Durango love and have supported for years and is continuing to grow. So lube the chain, grab your helmet and rip it up! The DuranGo Outdoors is waiting for you! References American Bicycle Association. (2012). The history of bmx racing. Retrieved from http://www.usabmx.com/site/sections/7 Dorel Industries Inc. (2013). Mongoos roots. Retrieved from http://www.mongoose.com/usa/roots/ Cycling Sports Group. (2013). Mongoose history. Retrieved from http://www.cyclingsportsgroup.com/brands/mongoose_history.php
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