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Gas prices tough for BMX riders

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RICHLAND, Wash.—Gas prices average about $3.88 in the Tri-Cities and that bill seems to be guzzling just about everyone.  KNDU discovered BMX biking one sport that's taking a hit.

The owner of Columbia Basin BMX track tells KNDU the Tri-Cities has a pretty decent size BMX community, but the gas prices have made racing challenging for most and impossible for many.

In an effort to get people interested in the sport, a camp was held at the track this past weekend.  However, in order to race, riders have to travel, and the fuel costs are keeping them in their hometowns.

"There are other tracks here on the west-side. We all used to travel together to the races. Now that gas prices are so expensive, we can't travel the hour away to go to a race, and we also lose some of that community coming to our races," Barbara Cantwell, track owner.

67 races are expected to be held this year at the track.