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BMX Fans to Gather for Olympic Time Trials

At the end of the tournament, a winner will automatically earn a nomination to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team

By Sarah Grieco
|  Thursday, Jun 14, 2012  |  Updated 6:39 AM PDT
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BMX Racers Defy Gravity in Chula Vista

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BMX racers catch air during a race at the OTC track in September 2009. The track was built to London specs in an attempt to prepare the American athletes for international competition.

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Hundreds of BMX fans will gather at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista this weekend to cheer on Olympic hopefuls for this year's London Games. 

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Local BMXers, Nic Long of Lakeside and Mike Day of San Diego, will be competing for a spot on the team -- and both were previously named to the USA Cycling BMX men's long team in 2008. They will enter in two time trials, three moto races and a finale.

At the end of the tournament, a winner will automatically earn a nomination to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.

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The OTC has a world-class track that's been built to help athletes prepare for the international competition.

In addition to the tournament, an exposition area will be open to the public before the games. BMX fanatics can check out the gear Olympic athletes use in competition.

The event begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 in Chula Vista. Time trials begin at 3:05 p.m. Cost is $10, but children younger than 4 are free. 

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