I've been beaming with pride ever since both boys made the main Sunday. For both of them to clear semis unscathed is nothing short of miraculous. William, after perfecting motos, took a spill in his main no more than 10 yards from the finish line. Nothing made me prouder than the way he quickly picked himself up and finished with dignity. He was disappointed, and we had to remind him that he had done what he wasn't supposed to or expected to do. Against doctor's orders, he had not only raced, but raced hard and made the main.
Now it's time to air the dirty laundry, and I'm not referring to the dusty clothes in our suitcases. We heard many complaints from dedicated NBL families about how ill they were treated on Wednesday. I'd share our own personal experience, but I don't have time to attend anger management. Why, I ask, could we not set up canopies during Wednesday's clinic? Three hours of melting in the hot sun is no way to watch kids work their tails off. Open parking at noon Wednesday. Why the delay? We're all lined up anyway. Let us in! I have an idea-- How about we skip impromptu parking lot meetings concerning who goes in first. Come on, really? Lastly, if you have to repeatedly remind people that you are track president, you're probably not acting like one.
Fortunately, the good far outweighed the bad. The volunteers were A+. Not once did I wait in a long line. Everything appeared smooth and efficient. The new BMX Nation magazine was a big hit, and helped lend excitement to the NBL changes. The bright vertical sponsor banners were not only aesthetically pleasing, but safer than the former low banners. One big improvement was the new gate, which I heard no complaints about. Although long, the race was run at a timely pace despite the many accidents. Speaking of accidents, I'd like to give the most kudos to the EMTs who were responsive and thorough, making the event as safe as possible.
See you next year!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The 2010 NBL Grands: The Great, the Bad, and the Good
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Awesome write up! I too asked my son how staging was in the Mains (12 Nov), he said quarters/semi's it is very quiet, because of trying to qualify...the Main's a little different, more chatter, but hervous chatter, but all in all, they made it and most feel that is all they wanted....ReplyDelete
So fun to come across your blog! I can so relate! The racers are all very brave just to make it through staging! I just hope they all have enough fun throughout the year to make it worth it! Congrats to William and Wyatt from Joey Leto's (9X) mom! We hope to see you all (with William as good as new) at the next race!ReplyDelete
Thank you both so much for your comments! Kristy- I am so surprised we have never met as many times as William and Joey have raced! I will make a point to find you at the next event. Many congrats to Joey as well on his awesome third place finish!! It was a great race.ReplyDelete