South Tahoe BMX opens up summer season |

South Tahoe BMX opens up summer season

Douglas Etten

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – Open practices Tuesday and racing Thursday has kicked off the summer at the South Lake Tahoe BMX track.

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, riders of all levels and ages are welcome to come and practice for a simple $1 donation. This is an open time to help ready the track for Thursday’s competitions which begin at 7 p.m. weekly.

Sign-ups happen from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Thursday. Riders are then grouped according to age and ability with a race fee of $10 per rider.

New in 2011 is the Mountain Cross Series which happens every fourth Thursday of the month. Mountain Bike classes will be grouped in a similar fashion with both mens and womens classes. As a points series, the top three riders in each division will recieve plaques at the end of the season.

The track is located at 1100 Lyons Ave. in South Lake Tahoe. For more information, go to or call the track hotline at 530-542-9337.

First week run-down

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Eight different classes highlighted the first week of action as the BMX circuit debuted for the 2011 season in South Lake.

Starting in the cruiser class, Daniel Schembri of South Lake took top honors followed by Allan Chandler of Alamo, Calif. and Brad Chamdler of Calgary.

In the 6 Novice class, Kade Schrauben of South Lake took first followed by Chris Juliussen of Carson City and Jake Stackpole of Stateline.

In the 7 Novice class it was a battle between six competitors. Leading the pack was Riley Wood of South Lake. He was followed in second place by James Daniels, Jude Stackpole (Stateline), Tadi Wright (Stateline), Julius Cason (Gardnerville) and Walker Chandler of Alama, Calif.

In the Class 9 Novice race it was Kelsey Buckley racing to the top spot, closely followed by Lukas Schembri of South Lake in second, Sydney McLoed of South Lake in third and Hunter Schmidt of South Lake in fourth.

Brandon Copeland of Minden took the top spot in the 10 Expert Class with second place going to Noah Ramos of Dayton and third place to Kai Morgan of Homewood, Calif.

The 11 Novice class was topped by Conner Herron of Gardnerville. Second through fifth places went to Kaehler Angelo, Lucas Alpaugh, Alexis Fite and Eliza Branch.

In the 14 Intermediate class it was Tyler Wright of Carson City taking home the top spot. In second spot was Elias Lehnhardt of South Lake followed by Isaiah Ramos of Dayton in third.

Rounding out the night’s competitive races were the 16 Intermediate class. Dakota Baca of South Lake took top honors there followed by Crewe Goralski and Alex Garic.