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Brian Hays

So I started my racing career at age 49

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As many of you know, I bought my wife a new DK Swift Pro last August and we started going to the local track every Fri night and watching the races and riding that track every Sat and Sun from Aug through Nov. 

We then bought a Fresh Park practice gate and used it all winter as well as exercises and treadmill. Well tonight was the first practice night at the track and we went. We were kinda feeling like it was the first day of high school but everyone was so friendly and amazing. There were over 60 people at practice. At 49, my wife and I are the oldest registered racers at the track but we hope to show all the parents that they should join and just have fun. Friday night will be the first BMX race of my life. Hers too. I rode from 4 until 16 but never raced. The feeling and excitement is amazing. We were able to do alot of gate starts and make as many laps as my legs would allow. :lol: Wish us both luck on Friday. 

The only problem is that now I literally have as many new school race bikes as I do old school bikes. It's a disease. We both had our new Chase bikes there but we also made laps on my 2013 GHP 24.

 

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You're never too old Brian. Looks like both of you are enjoying it. Have fun and race on. 

 

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That’s great bonding and exercise.  Keep at it.

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The track just posted this pic of me and Melissa leaving the gate.

 

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Ive raced on and off since 13,ive been back with my daughter racing local,state and national events since 2012.If i could say a couple of things that may help it would see if theres any good coaches locally to help with riding technique etc,pad up with body armour and i find new older racers keep trying to get faster before they become good riders...so as much as you need fitness the ability to ride the track well is paramount...enjoy Brian its a great path to follow at any age!

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Ran our first race tonight. 13 motos. Ran 46-50 novice and took three thirds. Melissa had to run us three guys and finished fourth but stayed with us the whole track. Great night!

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so rad, Brian... sounds like you're having a blast

 

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Excellent race report, keep on it! Nice style on the jumps!

Regardless of what position you may have placed always remember that you (and your wife) beat everyone who did not show up.

Also you can never have too many bicycles!

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Top pic is a week ago Fri doing warm up laps.  I wasn't able to race Fri because of work but Melissa rode and got 3rd on her GHP cruiser I built for her. 

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Congrats to her.  That’s cool she even raced without you.  

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Another great night of racing at Springfield. White puffy clouds in the sky and 70 degrees. Our third race. I got third all three motos and Melissa got fourth. The kicker is that she is now riding her GHP cruiser instead of her 20" Chase and I literally only beat her by inches all three motos. I had to pedal my ass off on the last straight to stay in front of her. She is improving leaps and bounds. The T.O. took a bunch of pics tonight. I'm 934 and she is 933. We are also going to another track about 1.5 hours away to race their opening night tomorrow ( been rained out three weeks in a row).

We are both finally adjusting to the new track build and I'm starting to like it.

 


OH and on a total surprising STUNNING note, my wife and I will both be riding wearing jerseys and pants just like these in the pic below starting next week as we have been asked to join and ride for the Ace Bike Shop race team!!! The two head guys from the team  told us that we both need to be representing their shop and would we like to join. We were speechless. Ace Bike Shop in Springfield has been in business since 1957 and has always been owned by one family. Ace has also had a very tight relationship with Sprigfield BMX Race Track every year since 1978 through 2021 and counting. The shop even has it's own oldschool BMX collection room with bikes and jerseys from all the years span as well as stacks of photo albums from races from 78 on. GREAT GREAT BMX specific bike shop. Been a great day, guys!! The team manager, Jeff said us being out there racing each other at our age is cool and Ace wants us to be part of the team. cool

 

 

 

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Backside of the team jersey worn by one of the Ace young guns

 

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Awesome! Being on a team is great. I miss my old team.

 

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Very cool. Just a helpful hint: your speed returns quicker than your skill level. Take your time. Nothing sucks more than seeing the older bunch get broke off. Tell Jeff that MaGoo says hi.

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MaGoo, I sure will!! 

You are soooo right about the speed. I hadn't said anything here but I wiped out hard in turn 2 at practice a couple weeks ago. Riding hard, was too low going into the turn, front tire got in the damp stuff from the rain the day before. My smooth V tires got coated in sandy dirt and the front end washed out up the blacktop berm and I went down hard. Tore up my new helmet and my body. Multiple trips to the chyro to fix my back and a week and a half off from riding. Had to buy another new helmet. Speed was there. Talent was lacking.

 

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Same thing happened to me.

Buddies would always ask "what the hell happened"?

My response was always "ran out of talent".

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