Just like riding a bike

Time away from BMX doesn't slow Steven Adams

Steven Adams of Grand Junction leads a heat at the Colorado State BMX Championship at the Grand Valley BMX track at the Mesa County Fairgrounds on Sunday. The event attracted hundreds of riders from novice to expert from across the state.

Steven Adams spent 10 months in Germany as a foreign exchange student. The reigning cruiser bike state champion in his age group, Adams didn’t so much as touch a bike while overseas, other than “a couple mountain biking trips.”

But when he returned to Colorado on July 7, Adams decided to try to defend his title. He raced the day after he returned home. He trained every day, racing competitively as many as five nights in a row.

“It was good to see him back on a bike,” said his mother, Kristi.

In just less than two months, Adams packed in a year’s worth of races. He hit the minimum number of required races to qualify for state.


“It was a lot of work trying to get back in shape,” Adams said. “I had to get back on the bike, and I was racing all the time.”

That hard work paid off. Adams won his age group in two different racing classifications Sunday in the Colorado BMX State Championship.

He looked smooth and natural on the track he had been away from for a long time.

It looked as if he hadn’t left at all.

Adams said he’ll keep racing, and although he loves it, his time in Germany was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“I think the only thing I knew how to say (in German) going in was ‘Hi, my name is Steven. How are you doing?’ and that’s about it,” Adams said.

“When I first got to Germany, I went to a language school for four weeks. It was a little bit rough, but being immersed in the language helped. Being in normal high school classes with normal German students, it helped a lot. It was a great experience.”


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