STRIDER Track Highlight: Whittier Narrows BMX
Today’s blog post is a highlight of Whittier Narrows BMX in El Monte, CA. Our very own Greg and Liz Hill recently helped build a STRIDER track there. Here’s how you can do the same in their own words.
Liz and I approached Roland Leal of Whittier narrows BMX track with the idea of making a simple STRIDER track to attract the younger kids to his track. Most of them are already along for the ride to watch older brother or sister ride/race. Roland really liked the idea, and we’ve documented what can be made with a little effort and little money (we spent $200 on the bobcat) at your local track. You can create a STRIDER track that will give the younger siblings a chance to get hooked on BMX while the big guy’s can do their thing on the big track. It’s a very nice mix of both worlds watching both tracks being used at the same time. The younger generation will ultimately one day graduate to the big track. Putting smiles on kids at a young age and getting them hooked on 2 wheels sports is a great thing, for both the kids and parents..We hope you enjoy the pictures and if you by chance have any questions please feel from to contact Liz at email@example.com
Breaking ground, we had a bobcat for 3 hours to level the area out and make it ready for placing dirt for turns and obstacles.
After we placed dirt for jumps and turns, we spent about 2 hours raking, packing and shaping. We had myself (Greg Hill) Jeremy Hill, Liz Hill, Mike Antis, Roland Leal and a few others…
The start of lining the track with chalk, gotta make it look official!
Team Strider (Greg and Liz Hill): We placed banners and pennants to make it look official as you can see in the following pictures.It is very basic, but the kids absolutely love it!
The first round of Strider riders attack the track!
The STRIDER bikes get young kids out there and really connect with the parents in a very special way. Sometimes it’s hard to know who enjoys it more the kids or the parents…
Rider and Mom hitting up practice, Mom is playing the roll of coach here.
The kids really liked practicing, they would size up each other and then make laps racing one another.
We did 4 man moto’s with the ol fashion voice/hand signal to start them off.
After giving all the kids the big high five, Greg gets ready to let em go!
Here we have the classic upgrade! Lil guy showed up on his heavy wood bike and rode off on a brand new Strider! =)
This is what it’s all about right here, making the kids smile and giving them that feeling of being on top of the world!