Community Sports

Local rider Finch aiding growth of Bellingham BMX

Adam Finch races on his BMX bike on Friday, July 31, at Bellingham BMX Park in Bellingham.
Adam Finch races on his BMX bike on Friday, July 31, at Bellingham BMX Park in Bellingham. The Bellingham Herald

Adam Finch has found a second home at Bellingham BMX.

The 29-year-old Finch grew up in Sequim where he developed a passion for BMX riding at 13 years old. What began as a fun day at the track materialized into something more serious when he began competing in national races around the West Coast.

So when Finch four years ago moved from Sequim to Bellingham, he didn’t waste time looking for a new spot to ride. The only problem was Bellingham didn’t offer a sanctioned to track for Finch to get his fix.

But as an active participant in the BMX community, Finch got word Bellingham BMX Track Operators Cisco and Jessica Rodriguez were looking to build a track on Guide Meridian.

“The first time I met him it was at a regional race down in Redmond, Ore.,” Fitch said of his first conversation with Cisco. “I said, ‘I saw you are building a track, what do you need?’”

The next closest track was Mount Vernon or Canada, so Fitch was more than happy to lend his services to help construct what now has become a go-to spot for BMX riding in Whatcom County.

Based on weather conditions, the track is open from April/May through October. Prices are $5 to ride during practice/open Tuesday and Thursday night sessions. Racing is on Friday nights and Saturday mornings and the cost is $10.

“In Port Angeles, there is a decent biking community, but up here it seems like everyone is on a bike,” Finch said.

That’s a big reason why Finch believes BMX riding has so much potential in a spot such as Bellingham. Since he began volunteering at the track, helping construct it to what it is today, he’s seen strong growth as the track has been embraced by the community.

“I think it has the potential to be one of the coolest, biggest scenes in the state,” Finch said. “You see the potential with the young kids you see on Strider bikes. Those are the kids that are going to get on here and ride.”

Finch also praised how well Bellingham BMX, a non-profit, is organized. He likened the organization to that of a baseball team, saying there is much more structure and family atmosphere than a rider simply heading to a skate park and being let loose.

Fitch has volunteered countless hours in track maintenance, and it’s volunteers such as Fitch that have allowed Bellingham BMX to flourish.

“If it wasn’t for the volunteers, we wouldn’t be here,” Cisco said during an interview last year.