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Feature Article - October 5, 2006

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Feature Article - October 5, 2006

Wagarville family thrives at BMXracing

by Jeff Green

Brodie and Blake Young are high energy boys who have taken to the challenging sport of BMX racing, which is like motocross on a bicycle, in a big way. And they have the results to show for it.

The boys race each week during the spring and summer at a BMX club in Kingston , and on weekends they travel to races all across the province and in Quebec .

Brodie, 11, has just finished his second year of racing, and at the provincial championships, held this year in Kingston , he finished second in the intermediate class for 11-year-olds.

Blake, 7, has only raced for one year, but he finished first for 7-year-olds in the novice class at the provincial championships.

The races take place on special bikes, which weigh as little as 7 pounds, that are cycled through a steep, bumpy track.

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“It’s all in the legs,” says Brodie, and in the lung capacity as well, since there is tremendous exertion required in the short, two-minute races. Racers can race in up to three motos before the fastest racer run in the finals, so there is a stamina component to the sport as well. And it takes a lot of balance and determination to make it through a race day without falling at least once.

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