Blountville, TN -
BLOUNTVILLE, TN -- Spring isn't officially here for about three more weeks, but one sign that spring is in the air is the moto cross opener over at Muddy Creek. Not only does it open the raceway's season. it's the starter for the whole circuit.
That means racers from a number of places are breaking out the bikes, many of those from states where there's been nothing but snow on the ground for two months. For those riders, Muddy Creek isn't just the start of the season. It's a chance to get away from the cold of home and do what they really love...fly over those jumps and compete for titles.
"The weather's nice this weekend, 55 degrees," said West Virginia-based rider Zac McCallister. "Back home we haven't had school in about two months. There's snow every day. You can't really ride. You have to go indoors. It's been pretty good here. The weather's nice, the runs are awesome and the track's right."
Fellow West Virginia rider Brandon Booth added, "It's been snowing a lot in West Virginia, and to get down here and be able to ride is sick. I really like it. The track's really nice. It's pretty rough, which is how I like it, so that's awesome."
Not only are they from multiple places, the riders range in skill levels from beginner to expert.
For the ones who don't have as much experience at top levels, going to Muddy Creek is a way to get on a high quality track and to watch and learn when they're not riding.
I've watched them on TV. I've watched the pros, and I've always thought this was a really cool looking track, and I was pumped when I heard that I could come down here and race," said 14-year-old rider Tyler Asbury. "Even if you're not riding you can watch it and still be entertained, and watching the little kids all the way up to the A and B riders is really cool."
Racing will now continue at Muddy Creek through the fall.