Snowboarding, surfing and BMX racing seem to attract the same kinds of competitors: wild-eyed, carefree and occasionally broken. For a kid far from a black-diamond ski slope or saltwater swells, a single-geared bike with 20-inch wheels is the perfect instrument for channeling extreme-sports urges. Typically a sport for the young and the very young, BMX racing places cyclists against one another on a hilly, dusty, bumpy, curvy, pit-ridden track. The governing body of BMX racing is the American Bicycle Association. In these parts, the nearest ABA-sanctioned track is the Pearland Speedway, host to many of the region's most important BMX races. Offering opportunities to catch air or eat dirt, the speedway welcomes everyone, regardless of age or ability. There are even some racers in their thirties and forties who ride on regular and "cruiser" bikes (which have 24-inch wheels). It's enough to rattle an old man's bones -- or even worse, if the seat's unpadded. Practices from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Races from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays. 2932 Manvel. For information, call 281-485-0337. $25, membership; $5,... More >>>