The Frogtown Classic BMX Days is the first event of its kind and we are celebrating a second year in 2022! The multi-day, classic, vintage BMX festival celebrates the history and action of BMX as it had originally developed. The bikes, the legendary racers, and THAT famous United Bicycle Racers (UBR) downhill track that provided so much excitement 40 years ago!
This three-day event is held at the beautiful and world-famous Calaveras County Fairgrounds and will bring together old-school style BMX racing, a bike, show, swap meet, vendors and more for people to come enjoy racing, watching, and just being part of this inaugural event. Over three days you’ll see:
This event was conceived by a small group of racers and race organizers who participated in the original UBR races and raced at Frogtown in the late 70’s and early 80’s. They are passionate BMX fans who want to share the history and legacy of the early years of BMX in Northern California.
Todd Huffman was a local professional BMX racer from Placerville, CA who raced a few times at Frogtown before moving to Southern California to begin a career in the bicycle industry and became a documentary filmmaker. He brainstormed the event with Johnny Valdez when he learned the open field where the racetrack was originally was located, was still there, undisturbed.
Johnny Valdez was the creator, owner and President of the United Bicycle Racers (UBR) from 1977 To 1982. The UBR was a BMX sanctioning body in central and Northern California with hundreds of BMX racer members and organizing hundreds of BMX races each year on tracks all over the upper parts of the state. Johnny now is a major supplier of team and crew uniforms for major BMX, Motocross/Supercross and other motorsports teams.
Jon Anderson was another competitive professional BMX racer and actually lined up with Todd at many UBR races back in the day. He and his brother operate Anderson’s Mower and Bike in Manteca, CA which has been family owned and operated since 1975. Jon and his wife Cathy also currently operate Spreckels Park BMX Track in Manteca, CA serving 200+ current racers and running 60+ races per year. Cathy is a former concert promoter, talent buyer and production manager, now serving as Executive Board of Director & Events Coordinator for the 501(c)(3) non-profit, Anderson’s 209 BMX Organization. Jon Anderson has recently been recognized as Manteca’s “Community Member of the Year 2020” with the following from the City of Manteca; “In honor of your commitment and service, the Manteca City Council would like to express their appreciation for all that you do within the Manteca community”.
This group and a dedicated team of volunteers will help make this first Frogtown Classic BMX Days a memorable one and set it up for success in the years to come!
The history of the Frogtown BMX track began in 1977 when John Valdez from the UBR was asked to operate a BMX race in the horseshow arena at the Calaveras Country Fairgrounds, home of the famous Frog Jumping contest the area is known for (“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” an 1865 short story by Mark Twain). The event was a success and moved the next year to its permanent and legendary downhill site where this year’s event will be held. It ran local UBR races and national events with riders and professionals from all over the country until 1982.
Over the years the Frogtown BMX track legend grew hosting BMX legends like Brent and Brian Patterson, Jeff Kosmala, Frank Post, John Crews, Stanley Robinson.