More than 200 turn out to test Casino's upgraded BMX track
THE BMX track at Casino has had an upgrade and an opening at which over 200 people attended to test it out.
A much larger than expected 78 riders participated in club racing recently.
"This is huge for us and very unexpected, but the support is greatly appreciated," Casino BMX Club treasurer Kerrie Anderson said.
"We normally only have 15-20 riders, and some riders from Grafton and Sawtell racing clubs came along also."
Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis, Mayor Ernie Bennett and Richmond Valley Council general manager John Walker were all in attendance for the opening ceremony.
All three were impressed with what the club had been able to achieve with the funding they received from the Community Building Partnerships Grant and are very supportive of future upgrades.
"This resurfacing alone has greatly increased community participation," Ms Anderson said.
"The funding enabled the Casino BMX Club to surface our three berms (corners) which has substantially reduced the amount of dust produced and the amount of water used to prepare the surfaces for racing."
The club now has 52 members ranging in ages from four years to over 55.
There are currently several very successful riders at elite levels, with a team heading to Sydney on the October long weekend to ride in the state titles.