The first time John David ever came to Tulsa, he turned to the director of the USA BMX Grand Nationals with a simple question.

“Why Tulsa?” said David, the chief operating officer of USA BMX. “Why is this event, the biggest event in our sport, in Tulsa?

“The more I’ve come here, the more I’ve understood why we wanted to be here. Tulsa is the absolute best place for USA BMX.”

The USA BMX Grand Nationals is the sport’s largest race. This November will be the 20th straight year that the event will be held in Tulsa.

Its successful history helped spur a decision by USA BMX to move its headquarters from Phoenix to Tulsa, a move that took a few twists last summer.

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