Vernon BMXers make Grand trek to Tulsa

A Vernon BMX Club foursome was among 4,500 racers competing at the ABA Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Okla.

A Vernon BMX Club foursome was among 4,500 racers competing at the ABA Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Okla.

The club members made the 32-hour drive to race in the largest event ever hosted by the ABA.

Dean Botterill (41-45) and Chris Spence (36-40) had the largest and toughest groups to compete against, with more than 47 riders in their cruiser class. Botterill had better luck in the 20-inch class, collecting fourth place in a field of 34.

Ken Botterill (Over 61) missed his main event by a single rider.

Shylo Orchard, still recovering from a knee injury from a earlier crash, brought home third place against 12 other women in the 31-35 cruiser class.

The riders, all  members of Team Krapp Weasel, thanked their sponsors: Skyride Cycle, CanWest Propane, Silver Star Mountain and A&W.