Sunday, November 10, 2013

Florida BMX: The season begins

While tracks nationwide are winding down, Florida's season is just beginning. Yesterday we attended our first SSA race in two years. What's the SSA?, a California friend asked.

Good question!

SSA is short for Sunshine State BMX Association. State racing in Florida offers the most competitive scene outside of nationals. Nothing's better for a little Grands prep. The track and competition at Riverview did not disappoint. A fairly technical track, super fast starting hill, and 113 motos made it all worthwhile. Our friends in attendance, and the great announcing (Pump pump! Pump pump!) were added bonuses.

The boys' team mate and friend Meredith Lidstone missed the race
because of work, but cut out just in time to watch mains.

After a shaky weekend at the Disney Cup, we came to Riverview seeking reassurance. Both boys needed the competition this venue offered, and they both accomplished their missions. William, loving the fast starts on the steep hill, rode away with wins in both 12 cruiser and expert. He rode with confidence and determination, and never faltered.

Wyatt, growing stronger each lap, had to go all three rounds in both 10 cruiser and expert. We watched as his third round of cruiser came and went, with no Wyatt. Immediately after, he came riding toward us, a distraught look on his little face. Somehow, even though he was standing in staging, he missed it. That was a first! We told him to shake it off and get ready for his final qualifier in 10x. He did, and he nailed it. When his main rolled around, you would have never known he had to go three rounds. He shot out of the gate like a bat out of hell, finishing a strong second.

We gladly opted out of today's race, choosing instead the comforts of home. This morning, after a good night's sleep, Wyatt shared with us his discovery.

"I've learned the secret to my success."

"Oh? What's that?" I asked.

"All I have to do is clear my mind, and then get really angry."

Whatever works!

See you in Tulsa,



  1. This kid has the wisdom of someone five times his age!

    1. Thank you, Patty! He has his moments of clarity, that's for sure!