A couple of months back USA BMX released a teaser version of the 2017 national schedule. It featured a handful of events that have held their spot on the schedule for the past years. Finally, USA BMX launched the remainder of the events. This comes later than in years past, but that could be due to a number of factors. I even noticed via Facebook that the USA BMX app had a bit of an early bird “leak” and had the remaining events posted up before originally planned. No harm, no foul and here we are to enjoy what is the 2017 USA BMX schedule.
My buddy Mike Carruth over at BMX News put together this sweet graphic to showcase the events, which you can see here…
If you were keeping count, this year features 28 events including the world-famous Grand Nationals. Probably the biggest change to this year’s schedule is the addition of FOUR events being labeled as World Qualifiers. Many are aware that the 2017 Worlds will be held on U.S. soil in Rock Hill, SC so USA BMX is making an effort to fill to maximum number of spots for Team USA. These four events will be held on the Friday of their respected national and be a one day no frills event. Make the main and you are on the team for your age group. Good move by the sanction here…
The tour will also see a return to Severn, MD for the East Coast Nationals. I was able to hit this event when I was traveling the tour for PULL Magazine, and I am stoked to see it back on the schedule rather than a Gold Cup stop.
Another comeback will be to Hornet’s Nest BMX for the Tar Heel Nationals. One of the premier facilities in the Carolina’s and I know Mark Coates will have his crew ready to crush it! Plus, they have one of the best concession stands in all of BMX.
The Lumberjack Nationals will make a move over to Spokane, WA. This will be an interesting change as Spokane is a good distance east of the 2016 location in Sumner. Not sure I care for this change, but it could turn to be a rad event, especially for some Canadian’s to hit a USA BMX series event.
We will also see the Sunshine State Nationals depart Okeeheelee BMX amd set up in High Springs, FL at High Springs BMX. This looks to continue the ongoing change of switching up host venues in Florida. There are definitely enough quality tracks to facilitate it and hitting a national in Florida is always an excuse to take a beach vacation.
One missing point is the Fall Nationals. We got the ol’ TBA listing for an event that was hosted by Mike Redman and the Lake Perris crew last month. I am hoping they keep this event in California, as there are no other nationals making a stop there.
Now all we can do is finish off the season over Thanksgiving weekend in Tulsa and get ready to rock with the season opener returning to Vegas the second weekend of the new year. Who is ready to hit the road?!
To see more check out usabmx.com…