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Madtown BMX track in DeForest holds Wisconsin State Qualifier

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DEFOREST (WKOW) -- Staring down at the track from the starting hill can be intimidating in BMX racing.

"When I'm up there I'm just scared that I'm gonna do bad, that I'm going to crash," 10-year old Alex Ferguson said.

"I'm like thinking, I'm so scared, I don't know if I'm going to win," 8-year old Myles Bible said.

But when the starting gate falls it's time to go because in BMX racing there's no side course for cowards.

"A lot of them are just tough," Ferguson said of BMX racers.

"They fall and they get right back up because they're tough."

Sunday the Madtown BMX track in DeForest held its Wisconsin State Qualifier. 278 boys and girls of all ages competed for trophies. There were even men in their 50s.

"My kids grew up and I got back into it and now I can't stop racing. It's a stress relief from real life," 51-year old racer Brian Woods said.

BMX racing has taken a jump in popularity since it became an Olympic sport in 2008. There are even colleges in the United States now offering scholarships, which steers many young racers towards stay involved.

"Before, most people go to college and they don't really race anymore since they didn't have the time. So now you get to race and get trained at a really good facility at all the colleges so it's a lot of fun," 14-year old racer Grant Rice said.

Madtown BMX's summer schedule includes Tuesday night practices and Wednesday night racing. During the school year the track holds races on Saturdays.

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