New BMX Track Opens in Midland

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The City of Midland now has a new BMX race track and city official's stress it's not just for kids.

They say the entire family can enjoy it and one father and son duo proves that's true.

One middle aged father and rider can't give up his love of racing, but for Ray Lopez it runs in the family.

"We've raced since the 70s," Ray Lopez said. "My dad races, my little girl races, my boy used to race and my wife will be racing soon."

"I saw the race track and I got curious," Luis Lopez said. "I never thought I'd get on a bike and race. I thought bikes were for kids, but this kid at that time was about 30 something, and it was a lot of fun."

And city officials hope other families follow suit.

"If you'll take a look some of these five or six year old kids for the first time going on the track," Ben Telesca with Midland Parks and Recreation Department said. "Their mom or dad is running behind them making sure that they don't fall. That's exciting because they're getting involved in the whole thing."

At 64, Luis Lopez still rides with all his heart.

"I'm very competitive," Luis Lopez said. "You know I'm going to get out there and push it to the limit."

But a stroke and other health problems have meant less riding and more watching.

He and the city don't want preventable injuries holding other riders back, and they say making air is just as important as safety.

So all riders have to come prepared they all wear their helmets some wear gloves and shin guards.

After hundreds of races, Ray Lopez say Midland's new track is both safe and top of the line.

"This is one of the upper echelon tracks," Ray Lopez. "Its probably considered an intermediate track. It's a good track."

Now the Midland family has a home track to continue their BMX tradition.

If you want to check out the new BMX track it's located on East Cuthbert at Reyes-Mashburn-Nelms Park.

Officials say no motorized vehicles are allowed on the track.