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BMX Track Returning to W.F.

<br><br><p dir="LTR">Thanks to the annual Hotter 'N Hell Hundred ride, Wichita Falls is known as a cycle-friendly city.</p> <p dir="LTR">And now, as Mechell Dixon reporter, another group of bikers will soon steer into Wichita Falls.</p>

"It's competitive. It's just an adrenaline rush from going up and down the hills and jumping."

And soon BMX biking will be back in Wichita Falls.

The idea came from Mark Pinson, who raced at a BMX track in Wichita Falls back in 1982.

But Pinson says about 10 years later the sport came to a halt.

"Our volunteer base shrunk to the point where the track couldn't operate any more," Pinson says.

But thanks to Pinson's determination, along with his partnership with Hotter 'N Hell Hundred officials, BMX will be back in town at Berends Landing.

"We have this huge grassy area that's fenced in back of there that's just the perfect size for a BMX track," says Chip Filer, executive director for HHH.

In fact, plans are already in the works for construction to begin.

"We've inventoried a couple of thousand cubic yards of dirt and we've cleared some areas and purchased a building that will sort of be a headquarters for the BMX track," says Roby Christie, HHH chairman.

"BMX is now an Olympic sport. It is now an NCAA Collegiate sport so BMX is just the next step of Wichita Falls cycling," explains Pinson.

And soon, it will bring another level of cycling competition to Wichita Falls.

Mechell Dixon... KFDX 3 News.

Earlier today, Wichita Falls city councilors approved up to $50,000 of 4B Sales Tax Corporation dollars to help fund phase 1 of what's hoped to be a 3 phase BMX project.

The first phase will cost $139,000.

Construction on the track will start in early July and even though it will be ready by the Hotter 'N Hell Hundred in August, no events will take place on the track this year.

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