74
      Saturday
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      Sunday
      90 / 64
      Monday
      80 / 62

      Marquette's BMX racing scene

      Michael Noble has been a BMX racer since he was little.

      A Marquette native, the sport first caught his eye when he saw what his friends could do on the track.

      "I came here watching some friends of mine jump and that really got me interested in the sport. It looked like it could be fun and was fairly cheap to get into." said Noble.

      That was 15 years ago. Since then, Noble's won 12 state championships, 12 district championships and one national title.

      But on Tuesday, he was racing in a series of races involving riders ranging from young children to young adults.

      First, there were the qualification rounds called motos. Then came the main races for the prizes and titles.

      Everyone starts their career in BMX as a Novice. Get 10 wins on the track and you're bumped up to Intermediate level. 20 more wins and you become a BMX Expert.

      And Noble says there is only way tried and true way to get there, which is total devotion to the sport.

      "The trick is a lot of devotion to racing and you have to train. just spend many hours at the track, practicing and just...riding." said Noble.

      It looks like a dangerous sport, but there's actually no more risk of injury in BMX than more mainstream sports.

      This is mostly due to all the protective gear racers are required to wear, including a full face helmet, gloves and usually some sort of protective suit.

      "It's a safe sport. There's no real serious injuries involved that we've had, just because of the protective gear that there is." said Marquette BMX track operator Steve Basal.

      There are 30 races per season at Marquette BMX, running from May to September.

      So until its over, spectators can cheer their friends and family on to victory.