TULSA - Thousands enjoyed a holiday weekend of thrills and high-flying action at USA BMX Grand Nationals, which was held at the QuikTrip Center.
The three-day bicycle motor cross event, which is often referred to as "The Greatest Race on Earth," is the culmination of 30 National series that spanned all across America.
"They're coming here to find out if they are the best of the best of BMX," said John David, chief operating officer of USA BMX.
David said the event is the largest of its kind.
"This is the largest BMX race that's ever been hosted anywhere in the world. It actually supersedes the world championships," said David.
BMX riders of all ages from 48 states and 17 countries come to the event, which has been hosted by the Tulsa Sports Commission since 1997.
For top-ranked Sam Willoughby, an Olympic medalist, BMX is a way of life.
Willoughby, now age 21, began racing 16 years ago.
"Growing up as a kid you just loved riding your bike and then in turn you have that competitive streak and you mix the two together," said Willoughby. "It's that competitiveness and the fun you have riding your bike. It just becomes an addiction."
Willoughby, an Australia native, looks forward to coming to Tulsa each year. This weekend, he took home his second professional title.
Aside from the heart-jumping thrills provided to fans, the event also provides the Tulsa area with an economic boost of $10 million.
For more information visit the official USA BMX website.
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