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Riders flip out at BMX event

A BMX rider attempts a short flight at the Peachpit Pentown Throwdown on Saturday. Amateur and pro athletes alike competed in the three-day event.
August 12, 2013 - 2:18 PM

PENTICTON -  Hot BMX riders flipped their bikes through the air at the Penticton Youth Park Saturday thanks to their talent and a high of 33 C.

The Peachpit Pentown Throwdown was the first youth-oriented event for the Penticton Peach Festival. Amateurs and professional skateboarders and BMX riders came from around western Canada to compete. On the third day, about 75 of the top BMX riders were scheduled to compete in a pro event from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“This is the first time that this type of BMX event will be held outside of the Lower Mainland," Peach Festival Director Scott Mayhew said.

Everyone was sweating including the announcers who continually asked for bottles of water. Sunlight came down and reflected back up off the white concrete slopes and shiny grey steel bars. Riders could be seen heaving their chests for another breath of air while they took to the air.

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