The rubber is burning at Eagle's BMX race track.
Since being built in the spring of 2010, the track has attracted families from all over the state and some from out of state.
Part of the attraction is a weekly race series for all ages for which an average of 50 to 60 people show up each week.
On Sunday, Aug. 21, Eagle will host the final state qualifying race, which is in Grand Junction a week later.
Hundreds of people are expected to show up at the local track, which is next to the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink. The track hosted the state qualifier last year and about 400 people came, including a group from Idaho.
"The parking lot was packed - traffic spilled out onto Bull Pasture Road and all the way down to the tennis courts," said Jay Lucas, an Eagle resident who is one of the primary race organizers and caretakers of the track. "For every one racer there's two parents or vice versa."
The 5-and-under age bracket is the biggest one at Eagle's BMX races these days, Lucas said. That's why he and other volunteers recently spent 30 hours remaking part of the track.
"A stretch of the track used to be downhill and the little kids often crashed there," he said.
Judd Haims lives in Eagle and has two kids, ages 7 and 5, who have been racing this year. He's excited about the track's possibilities and the opportunities kids are having there.
"As a father, it's cool to see your kid crash and get back up," he said. "I'm seeing great sportsmanship out there. There's a 9-year-old girl who is smoking the boys after she got some coaching. My 7-year-old daughter, Dani, really looks up to her and has been encouraged in her own racing."
Haims said BMX races are like golf, where anyone could win on any given day due to all the variables, and he is surprised how fast the scene at the Eagle BMX track has grown.
"There are families from upvalley who are bringing their kids here -- usually it's the other way around," he said.
Another attraction to Eagle's BMX track could be that it has a friendly, casual atmosphere.
"Back in my day, the older kids shooed the younger ones away," Haims said. "Now, the older kids help the younger ones."
One change Lucas hopes to see in the future is to have more participation from the Latino and poor communities.
"The kids have a lot of fun and benefit for life," he said.
Steady maintenance done by volunteers is required to keep the dirt track ridable.
"For that reason we ask people not to ride when it's wet or muddy," Lucas said. "It can be OK if it's frozen, though."
Basically, the track should be considered closed if conditions are poor but otherwise it is open year-round.
And the the Western Eagle County Recreation District can't stress the importance of helmets enough.
"One thing that amazes me is when kids show up with their parents and they don't wear helmets," Lucas said. "You're on a bike -- things happen fast -- wear a helmet!"
Thursday marked the completion of Eagle's second BMX camp that was put on by WECMRD.
Sheryl Staten, the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink manager, said WECMRD will definitely run more BMX camps.
She hopes to do one a month next year. There were 28 kids ages 5 to 13 in this recent session and there were about 17 in the one before that.
The camp is coached by Lucas and others involved with the Eagle County BMX group. They teach basic bike maintenance and road safety in addition to technical riding skills.
"(Lucas) knows the the bikes, gear and the racing, and is a great all-around guy," Staten said.
The camp costs $99 and is for ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 12. Each session is 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday.
"We are also doing BMX birthday parties," Staten said.
WECMRD can't close the track for an exclusive party, but a sign is put up when a birthday party will be using the track. For $99, 15 people can have a reception area at the Eagle Pool for two hours.
Races are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., every Thursday until October. The entry fee is $10 and riders need full-face helmets to compete.
To register for races or find more information on camps and the track, visit www.eaglecountybmx.com.