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BMX Competition Takes Center Stage in West Monroe This Weekend

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 NEWS) - More than one thousand daredevils and biking enthusiasts from around the country are in West Monroe for this weekend's BMX competition at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center. Our Nolan Crane shows us why BMX is the largest extreme sport in the nation.

There are 60,000 BMX riders from around the country and most of them started at a young age.

"I started riding my bicycle when I was three years old. Competitively riding when I was 13 and I turned pro when I was 17," said Kristian Cooper.

More than 1,000 BMX riders came to West Monroe to compete in this weekend's Cajun National USA BMX competition. Although these riders have fun, it can also be dangerous.

"Two years ago I actually spent a week in trauma. I tore my liver, broke my back and I broke a wrist," said Kristian Cooper.

"Any time you combine speed with bicycles and you put eight of them out on the track you're going to get rubbing and racing. It's going to happen, you're going to get injured sometimes. Most of the people they bounce back as soon as they can and get right back into it so it's part of the deal," said A.J. Doherty.

I lf fast and furious isn't your speed you can still have fun and be safe because there are people of all ages and skill levels competing.

"There are different skill levels of BMX. There are different will levels of BMX. You know, you get people who absolutely love it and they just like to come out and ride. You get other people who want to turn this into a career and live out their dream of becoming a professional athlete," said Kristian Cooper.

For professional BMX riders like Kristian, it takes less than thirty seconds to complete a lap on this 800 foot long track. He says his goal is to not only finish first, but to one day make it to the Olympics.

BMX riding became an Olympic event in 2008. For BMX fans in Arklamiss, they are breaking ground on a new track in West Monroe next week.

Saturday's main event begins at 4pm. Sunday's main event begins at 11am.

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