The final go ’round for BMX racers |

The final go ’round for BMX racers

My, how fast the summer goes.

Just three short months ago, BMX enthusiasts were busy building the South Tahoe BMX track.

But Saturday marks the end of the inaugural season of competitive biking on the South Shore and the racers are going out in style.

Award presentations, live music, and a barbecue are planned in addition to the last day of racing.

“It’s not really an ending but a beginning,” said Michael Frates, a local rider and track supporter. “Saturday may be the final race, but it’s going to be the best race.”

It will also be the last chance for riders to ride the tabletops and hit the turns – for a while at least. The recent passage of Measure S is forcing the track to abandon its current site, where the new ice rink will soon stand, but there is a lot of hope for a new, permanent site down the road.

“My hope is that people who haven’t been out before will come out and see what it’s all about,” said track organizer Lauren Thomaselli. “It would be great for them to see what they are supporting at a new place.”

One thing is for sure, they will see some great racing and have a fun time as well. The track opens at 11 a.m. with registration going from noon to 1:30 p.m. and racing beginning after that and going until 4 p.m.

After the final race is complete, “Lucy’s Dead,” an old-time rock ‘n’ roll band, will perform. An awards ceremony honoring people who helped get the track going and those who kept it up and running will also follow the racing.

“The mayor will be on hand to accept the award for the city,” Thomaselli said. ” We’re also going to honor Steve Weiss for his help as well.”

The racers think all the pomp and circumstance is great, but they’re worried about the runs.

“We’ve had so many new members from the South Shore join this summer that it’s going to be a good race on Saturday,” Frates said.

When it’s all over on Saturday, the track will come down and the area will be leveled and the bikers will have to find a new place to ride.

For anyone who wants up-to-date information on that new location, be sure to check out the South Tahoe BMX web page at

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