Home track helps Fruita’s Arnold finish well at Mile High Nationals

For Cody Arnold, the third time was a charm.

Prior to Sunday’s ABA BMX Mile High Nationals at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, the 14-year-old from Fruita had raced in two other national series events but had never gone beyond the qualifying round.

But on his home course, he not only qualified for the main event race at the 15-intermediate level, he took third place.

“It’s amazing,” Arnold said about his finish. “I think it’s just a home track advantage”

According to Arnold, he rides the track at the fairgrounds at least twice a week, which shows in the Grand Valley BMX standings — he’s the leader in points at the intermediate level and is sixth in points in the cruiser standings.

Also helping Arnold was the knowledge of how much you have to push yourself in a national race.

You have to go as hard as you can and as fast as you can,” Arnold said. “If you feel like you’re going down, just keep going.”

Sunday’s races finished the first national event conducted at the fairgrounds, and track director Nick Adams was pleased with how the event turned out, even with the possibility of rain Sunday morning.

“The weekend went really good,” Adams said. “The weather cooperated, local riders did really well, everyone really seemed to have a lot of fun.”

Adams credited much of the success to the volunteers who helped out all weekend at the track and he hopes to eventually get another national for the 2010 series.

“We’d like to see a national back here,” Adams said.  “Right now our focus will be on the state championship finals in two weeks. After that, we’ll look at what we need to do to get a national back in 2010 and maybe 2011.”

Adams noted that the choice of location is up to the American Bicycle Association, but he is optimistic about the possibility.

“We think we put on a good show and we’ll let them make the determination here soon,” he said.


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