Grand Valley BMX riders compete at USA BMX Grand National

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TULSA, Okla. — The 2020 USA BMX National series concluded this past weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With numerous stops throughout the 2020 season, including Grand Junction, Sunday was the culmination of the series with the Grand National. With over 40 riders entered in the event from Grand Valley BMX and some of the local volunteers helping with the event, the Grand Valley was well represented. 

Riders competed over 4 days at the event that attracted riders from around the United States. While the pandemic played a role in participation and limited travel from all corners of the globe, there was certainly no lack of competition. Most all of the top riders in the country were on-hand in every age category. In the end, nine riders from the area made it to the main events. Additionally, seven riders ended the National Series ranked in their respective ages. 

The following riders advanced through all of the qualifying rounds to make the main events. 

Rider Class Place 

Mikaela Lixandru Women’s Pro Open 6 

Ian Westerman 12 Cruiser 3 

Aaron Blee 17-20 Cruiser 2 

Max Austin 17-20 Cruiser 8 

Hope Montgomery 14 Novice 7 

Brian Montgomery 46-50 Novice 7 

Talon Truelove 8 Intermediate 4 

Torin Farley 12 Intermediate 5 

Vivianne Merriam 7 Girls Expert 7

Lixandru is a CMU graduate and was a member of the National Championship CMU Cycling team. Max Austin was also a member of the championship team and is a current student and a member of the cycling team. Aaron Blee has been competing at Grand Valley BMX for many years. His mom runs the Absolute Dance Studio in town and his father also races. The Blee’s were not the only father and child competing this weekend. The father and daughter duo of Hope and Brian Montgomery are just part of the Montgomery family that races. The youngest member of the family also competed in the expert and cruiser class. All of the other riders make Grand Valley BMX their home when not racing at their local track. Many of them also race Grand Valley BMX on a regular basis and got their start at the track. 

While everyone goes to the Grands with dreams of the 7-foot first place trophy, many compete all season to earn the National Age Group (NAG) ranking. The following local riders took their top 8 scores from National events in 2020 and their finish at the Grands to earn their 2020 season ranking. Each of the riders below were ranked in the top 10 nationally in their age classes: 

Kaleb McCain 13 Cruiser NAG 4 Clifton 

Kaleb McCain 13 Boys NAG 4 

Steven Adams 21-25 Cruiser NAG 6 Grand Junction 

Vivianne Merriam 7 Girls NAG 6 Carbondale 

Ian Westerman 12 Cruiser NAG 7 Carbondale 

Aaron Blee 17-20 Cruiser NAG 10 Grand Junction 

Paxton Coon 8 Cruiser NAG 10 Grand Junction 

The 2021 USA BMX National Series will begin in January with the Winter Nationals held in Phoenix, Arizona. In June of 2021 the Grand Mesa Nationals will be held at Grand Valley BMX. For more information on Grand Valley BMX, the schedule of events, or how to get started, visit the website at www.grandvalleybmx.com.

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