GJ’s Reid Austin wins two events at BMX State Championships

Reid Austin of Grand Junction hunkers down Sunday as he races in the 10-year-old division of the BMX State Championships at the Grand Valley BMX track. Austin won both of his afternoon races at the track.

Winning makes Reid Austin want to race more.

The Grand Junction 10-year-old and two-time 2010 state champion won two main event races Sunday in the 2011 Colorado BMX State Championships at the Grand Valley BMX track.

“It feels nice to win,” Reid said. “It gives me confidence and a boost of encouragement. It’s fun to come out and race.”

Reid entered the state championships in first place in the boys 10-year-old age division and cruiser classes. The three heat races and main event point totals are tripled to determine the state champion.

He was one of a record 393 riders competing in the state championships, Grand Valley BMX track operator Nick Adams said, up nearly 100 from last year’s total of 300 riders.

With that many riders, there were several crashes throughout the day. Two were serious enough to require medical attention.

One was a Grand Junction boy, whose name was not released, who appeared to hit his head on the ground. The other was 52-year-old Chet Kelley of Golden. Both were alert when they were being attended to by medical personnel.

Adams said crashes are simply a part of the races.

Reid started racing four years ago when a friend received an invitation to race at school.

That friend told Reid and his dad took him to the track.

“My dad asked if we wanted to go to a place with big jumps,” Reid said.

His younger sister, Mary, got to tag along and wanted to try racing, too.

“It looked like fun,” she said.

Mary is racing a full season for the first time this year and won the age 8 girls main event race. She was first in the state in points entering the race, just like her brother.

“It felt really good,” she said. “Usually, I race 9-year-olds. It feels good to race girls my age and can beat.”

Mary liked the sport even more when she found out there were prizes involved.

“I thought it was cool to win stuff,” she said.

Their mother has taken an interest in BMX racing, helping the children come up with their racing nicknames.

Mary’s is “Flash Girl,” after her favorite super hero character. Her brother is known as “Got Speed Reid.”


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