By: Amanda Rumore
Are your kids adrenaline junkies? Maybe your daughter or son is looking for a break from the more popular sports like baseball and soccer? Bicycle motocross, commonly called BMX, is a fun and exciting sport that the whole family can get involved in. It’s also said that once you stick around any BMX track for even a little while, you’ll have a whole new family to call your own. In Phoenix, Black Mountain BMX is a family run business that depends on some of the most dedicated volunteers in the world. The family environment contributes to their great success and the staff is deeply committed to kids having fun while learning and growing.
Located in Phoenix, the internationally recognized Black Mountain BMX track has one of the smoothest racing surfaces you`ll find anywhere, meticulously maintained by the Black Mountain Crew. At Black Mountain, BMXers of all levels (beginner, intermediate or expert) are welcome. Not only do experts at Black Mountain BMX teach beginners, but all levels of riders race and compete at this Phoenix track.
From the moment the starting gate slams down, up to seven racers blast at a full sprint toward the first obstacle, BMX racing gives the participants and the crowd the rush of adrenaline they have been looking for. Big jumps can mean big air and steep backsides, deep turns and downhill sections can add up to massive speeds.
Uncovering the Myth
Contrary to popular beliefs, BMX racing is not any more dangerous than other youth sports. Statistics have shown that kids in the traditional, less “extreme”, sports such as basketball, football, baseball and soccer suffer more injuries than in BMX racing. The reason why, perhaps, is that USA BMX requires protective gear. You can’t go on the track without it. While the level or amount of safety gear is up to you, a rider must at least sport the basics of an approved helmet, long sleeve shirt and long pants. At Black Mountain BMX, the experts introduce all participants to all of the safety gear options that are available for riders to protect every area of their body.
Brains and Braun
Owner, Debbie Kelley was born in Tucson, Arizona, and has resided in Phoenix since she was two-years old. Living in the “country” in Phoenix, helped foster the hard worker that she is. Early in life, she learned that if she wanted something, there’s always a way to get it. In her case it was through hard work and creativity.
At twenty years old, Debbie married her friend and love, Pete Kelley. They worked together to build a family and family-run businesses. Pete passed away in 1985 from leukemia and Debbie continued on with growing Black Mountain BMX.
In addition to being a world famous track – even hosting the 2015 USA BMX Pro season opener – Black Mountain BMX is a national powerhouse in fundraising. Black Mountain BMX has been the national number one fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Race for Life” every year except two since 1987. Other fundraisers Debbie has Black Mountain BMX helping is “Feed the Hungry” drive for Westside Food Bank, and the Daisy Mountain Fire Department’s “Toys for Tots” race.
The track is located at 24024 N 11th Street in Phoenix. For more information, visit blackmountainbmx.com.
Amanda Rumore is a freelance writer and founder of Valley Gal, Inc. (www.valleygalinc.com). Originally from Chicago, she has worked throughout the US in marketing and public relations and now resides in North Phoenix with her husband and baby girl Mia. Amanda loves her two Boston Terriers, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.