Here we are.
A week before the USA BMX Grand Nationals.
There’s already been the obligatory top ten list of things to do before the Grands article on another media outlet.
Videos popping up to get people hyped.
So…what are (in my opinion) the top 2 things to do before you attend the Grands?
- Head to Cleveland and ride Rays MTB* instead.
Don’t get me wrong…I’m as big a fan of BMX racing as the next guy.
But when you start to run the numbers a bit, the “bang for buck”, or more appropriately “bang per lap” does not add up.
Budgeting…what is it now?…$50 per class? You’re paying a pretty hefty premium for your less than handful of laps around the track.
Compare that with riding at a bike park like Rays*…you can ride all freaking day for under $30. Your energy will run out before your time will.
What’s that you say?
It’s about “the experience” you say.
Hmm….so you’re traveling to the Grands to see some BMX stars?
Well, friends any number of BMX stars make their way down to the bike parks…you just never know who’s going to be there. That’s not to mention the local rippers and riders that regularly make the roadtrip to shred.
Want to score some good deals on bike parts? If the selection of bike parts on the display at the bike park doesn’t satisfy you…why not order some Black Friday deals from Dans or Empire back to your hotel room? C’mon now.
Speaking of which…riding at Rays helps you score a 1/2 price room at couple of hotels in Cleveland (other bike parks have similar deals). Haven’t seen a listing on BMXHotels.com that’s as economical as that.
And the Saturday night Pro Championship?
Well, I guess you might miss out on that.
But since you’re in Cleveland, that means you can make your way out to a Cavaliars game…and while he may not have Sam W‘s winning smile, LeBron definitely knows how to get some airtime.
In the end, it’s up to you.
This is just my modest proposal.
Save some bucks and have more time/fun on your bike?
Seems like a no-brainer to me.
*Yes, there other great bike parks in other cities (check out this post for a list of most of them) …I chose Rays for simplicity’s sake)