MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO)--What do you get when you combine family fun with a ton of dirt and lots of pedal power? Grand Valley BMX of course. In this edition of 11 Cares for Business Aaron Luna shows us how the BMX track is providing the Grand Valley with an alternative sport that any member of the family can enjoy.
From the gate to the finish line, ask anyone at Grand Valley BMX why they love the sport and you might hear something like this. "I don't know, I just like it."
While 8-year-old Aaron Blee doesn't have that answer he does know about the perks of riding BMX. "Is it for the ladies, I'm like 'Yahhhhhhh,'" says Aaron. That's how he got his nickname.
Aaron says its either, "Aaron 'The Ladies Man' or Aaron 'Smoke 'em' Blee."
Being the youngest in his family on the track, Aaron's older brother Tanner 'Turbo' Blee also races. Tanner says, "What I like the most is the jumping and the Manueling."
As does his dad Emory Blee. "I love this track," says Emory about Grand Valley BMX.
"We came in, rebuilt it," says track operator Nick Adams explaining how he had to basically reinvent the course 6 years ago, taking it from a weed infested lot to what it is today. Adams says, "The area needed an alternative sport for kids and it was a great opportunity for them and we have, we average about 100 kids out here every race."
The track holds races twice a week and is sanctioned by the ABA. "We let everybody come out and try their first race for free," says, Adams. Riders earn point for every race but they gain even more than that. Tanner says, "Half the kids out here are my friends just because they do something that I like to do too." Something that brings families together as well. "Great bonding experience with them it gives me a chance to really get to know them a lot better," says Emory. Tanner likes it as well saying, "It's pretty fun watching him race because I get to tell him, like, I get to help him."
So far Grand Valley BMX has changed their course layout twice. But either way riders know what it's all comes down to. "It's not just about the points cause, like, people make so many friends out here," says Tanner.