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March 16, 2024

Raytown BMX, a prominent sports facility dedicated to the adrenaline-fueled world of BMX racing, is poised for a series of exciting transformations aimed at enhancing both safety and competitiveness for riders of all skill levels. Following the successful hosting of the USA BMX Mid-America Nationals in July 2023, the facility is now shifting its focus towards substantial improvements to its race track in collaboration with Dirtrendz, a renowned BMX track building company based in Oregon.

Scheduled for completion ahead of the upcoming racing season, the overhaul will primarily revamp the second half of the track, introducing notable alterations aimed at elevating the overall experience for riders. Central to these changes is the construction of a larger third turn, strategically designed to enhance rider safety while navigating this critical section of the course. Additionally, both the third and fourth racing straights will undergo reconfiguration, with approximately 20 feet being added to their length. These modifications are intended not only to enhance safety but also to provide local riders with a more challenging and competitive environment, preparing them for higher-level competitions at regional, national, and international levels.

One of the most significant aspects of the redesign is the introduction of a diverse array of new obstacles. These obstacles are carefully selected to cater to the needs of budding riders, fostering skills development, while also offering seasoned racers fresh challenges to conquer. The combination of added length, complexity, and diverse obstacles promises to enrich the racing experience at Raytown BMX, attracting both newcomers and veteran riders alike.

Nathan Jonjevic, the Track Operator at Raytown BMX, emphasizes the importance of these upcoming changes in aligning with the evolving landscape of BMX racing, particularly in the wake of the pandemic-induced surge in interest in the sport. “As we gear up for the upcoming racing season, our focus remains on providing a safe, engaging, and competitive environment for all riders,” says Jonjevic. “With the support of Dirtrendz and our dedicated team, we are confident that these improvements will not only benefit our local community but also contribute to the continued growth and success of BMX racing on a broader scale.”

With construction underway and excitement building among riders and enthusiasts, Raytown BMX is poised to kick off the new racing season with renewed vigor and enthusiasm, reaffirming its position as a premier destination for BMX enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. As the sport continues to thrive and evolve, Raytown BMX stands ready to embrace the journey ahead, promising thrills, challenges, and unforgettable experiences for riders and spectators alike.