I grew up riding a BMX bike. VERY poorly. I had the benefit of living only a few miles from one of the nations premiere BMX tracks, EP Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, KY. I rode with my friends through middle and high school. Never once did I consider myself even remotely good at the sport.
A few weeks ago, I was assigned to photograph the ABA BMX Midwest Nationals at Searls Park in Rockford. Only then did it hit me that I had never photographed BMX racing or any bike racing for that matter. I probably should have stopped riding BMX long before I did and picked up the camera earlier. It was a heck of a lot of fun to shoot.
The track layout was very similar to the track I rode on in Louisville. I think my limited knowledge of the sport helped me position myself for some decent frames.