Bonding with BMX: Dimanligs spending quality time together racing bikes
Roy Dimanlig spent his Father’s Day competing alongside his son in a sport they both love.
Dimanlig, 46, and his son Victor, 10, were two of the 207 riders at Sunday’s State BMX Qualifying races at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.
In the races hosted by Grand Valley BMX, Roy raced in the 41-45 cruiser division, and Victor raced in the 10-year-old novice group.
In their respective groups, Roy finished second and Victor came in third.
“It’s been great to do it together,” Roy Dimanlig said. “There are a lot of families out here and it’s a good way to spend a Sunday.”
Victor’s curiosity is what got the Dimanligs back to the BMX racetrack.
The Dimanligs live in Parker, but Roy grew up in northern California in the 1970s, when BMX was a sport exploding in popularity.
“It was like Little League or soccer,” Dimanlig said. “Everyone raced. There were a lot of factory teams back then, and if you didn’t race BMX, it was kind of unusual.”
Dimanlig raced until he was 14 and had a successful young career that included winning a California state BMX championship in 1979.
After moving on from BMX, Dimanlig got into mountain biking, and figured his BMX days were over.
Dimanlig didn’t have the desire to ride BMX until last summer when Victor spotted some of Roy’s old trophies.
“He saw some old photos, some old trophies and he said he wanted to try it out,” Dimanlig said. “He had a BMX bike already, so he had the basics down, the starting gate was his learning curve, but he loves to be on his bike.”
Victor said he was looking to follow in his father’s footsteps.
“I saw all of his trophies from when he was younger, so I said I want to race like you,” Victor said. “I cheer for him a lot and really want to be like him.”
The Dimanligs have bonded over a sport Roy thought he had retired from 30 years ago. Dimanlig’s wife, Derika, serves as the pit crew for Roy and Victor, handling their registration and other race day needs. She said it’s been a great experience to watch the father and son bond with BMX.
“It’s been great, (Roy’s) a real gear-head when it comes to bikes and he’s passing on that information to his son,” Derika said. “I love the fact that my husband and son can do this together, and it’s been a really positive environment.”
The Dimanligs spend their weekends riding in many of the BMX events around the state. Roy said he’s had a great time reliving his youth.
As for Victor, he enjoys simply being on the track.
“My goal is just to have fun,” Victor said. “It’s not about winning or losing.”
The Dimanligs will most likely be back in Grand Junction for the Colorado BMX State Championships over Labor Day weekend.
Other results included Jason Miller of Castle Rock winning the Pro-Am division, Jason Miles winning the 36-40 cruiser division, and Chase Popejoy of Grand Junction winning the 8-year-old expert division.
Grand Valley BMX hosts races every Tuesday night and Sunday afternoon. For more information on Grand Valley BMX go to http://www.grandvalleybmx.com.