Jimmy, after I posted that comment I realized I became the person I often despise. I understand it's not a comprehensive article, however, as a BMX rider for 20 plus years I was disappointed to not see Corben in this article. That being said, I'm a huge fan of The Weekly, and I've been lucky enough to be covered by the paper several times for my BMX advocacy work. There is no doubt I still have a lot to learn when it comes to journalism, but I would love to pitch you an article about Corben.
Wow, it seems as though you didn't do a whole lot of research about native Tucsonans who have real chances at not only competing but medaling. Corben Sharrah is in line to make the USA BMX team, he was born and raised in Tucson and is currently ranked top 10 in the world. A month ago ESPN did a huge interview and article about him, and last week The Arizona Republic did one as well. Nate Gallick is a two-time Arizona state champ for wrestling and graduated from Sunnyside, he's going to London. As a student at the Cronkite school of journalism and a native Tucsonan, I'm a little disappointed in this piece. Rather than silly facts and softball girls whining about not being able to beat some small country by 30 runs, I would have preferred hearing about people who are actually from Tucson and competing for the USA. Then again, I'm a journalist and I don't have an opinion.
BMX is not going to give up the fight for a safe legal place to ride here in Tucson! If Santa Rita is out of the question, what about the other parks in town? What about letting us use open lots around the city to make our own place? I know of several parks in the city with open areas that would be more than suitable for BMX freestyle dirt jumps. We don't need a million dollar facility to keep the riders safe and off public property, and that's one thing the city/county doesn't understand. BMX can build their own facility out of dirt, wood, and concrete, all done by the riders and supported by the riders. We just need a designated area. The city and county has been destroying our jumps for years, jack hammering the concrete we've laid in ditches, removing ramps from peoples own yards, our sport may not be as popular as baseball but we still need a place to go.
Are we sure Lee didn't break his wrist from pulling some sweet BMX moves? That would go over a lot better in my circle. Tennis, Not so much.
The name Tonopah derives from the Western Apache Tú Nohwá, meaning "Water For Us" or "Water For You", referring to its location in the Harquahala Valley
Bike church, too bad there is still no safe legal place for BMX freestyle in our city. Let's bow our heads to the bike gods.
We have no place to go, would it hurt anyone to let us ride Santa Rita skatepark twice a week?
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