Columbia County BMX races put local riders in national spotlight

COLUMBIA COUNTY. (WRDW/WAGT) – Bicycle Moto Cross, otherwise known as BMX racing and not to be confused with motocross racing, is a popular sport for children.

We have a track right here in Columbia County. We caught up with the trail operator to find out how you and the whole family can get involved.

“You’re lost in everything you’re doing, and that’s the best feeling ever,” Cannon Joyner said.

This 16 year old from Edgefield County consistently outperforms runners in our area and is nationally ranked.

“I have to keep working. I have to keep going faster and keep working harder and harder to be able to rise and be the number one rider,” he said.

Joyner is grateful because runners like him have a place to run.

Chris Pittman runs the BMX Blanchard Woods. He says this place is for everyone and he invites you to try it for free.

“It’s a good thing because it’s really someone my age, older, and even two- and three-year-olds come running with us,” Pittman said.

It takes experience, and the happy people of Pittman can come here for it.

“We have loaner bikes, so they can actually get a bike from us, a helmet from us, and come here and try it out,” he said.

The track is located at Blanchard Woods Park in Columbia County. They train on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Your first time is free.

“Believe me, any age can do it. If I can come here and race the track, and some of these younger kids can come here and race the track. I know everyone else can too,” Pittman said.

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