BMX racer fills trophy Case
One young Tahoe BMX rider is making a strong Case for moving up in his sport.
Anthony Case, a 14-year-old racer from Christmas Valley, showed shades of his potential on Jan. 8-9, winning two races at the GT Silver Dollar Nationals at the Nevada State Fairgrounds in Reno. In only Case’s second national race, he showed how far he has come, taking two huge first-place trophies for his first-place wins in the 14-year-old novice age division.
“It was pretty big,” Case said. “It was kind of cool to watch the pros and stuff. It was a big event.”
On Jan. 8, Case bested a 10-rider field for first, and the following day, he repeated the feat against seven opponents for his best performance at a national-level race. Case was disappointed in his finish last season in the nationals at Madera, Calif., but made good on his chance at nationals this year.
“(I) just pedaled my butt off and tried to hit stuff they couldn’t hit ,” Case said. “I kind of had a little better technical skills than them.”
While his technical skills allowed him to get used to his new clipless-pedal setup before the race, Case’s lungs also were better-suited for Reno than some of the riders who came up from the flatland to compete. While a few opponents came from even higher elevations to race, Case’s living and training in Tahoe gave him an advantage.
“I kind of had an advantage out there because I’ve been BMXing around here and my lungs could breathe a little easier,” Case said.
While the recent snow has made it tough for Case to ride his bike this winter, he said snowboarding helps his technical skills. He thanked sponsors Anything Gas and Frank’s TV for helping keep him on the track.
While Case said his father was encouraging him to turn pro, he’s not sure if he’s ready to take the plunge. He probably will move up into the intermediate 14-year-old division, and race against better competition. He’s also targeted a tougher schedule this year, and is racing only in national events.
“We’re going to try to go to only nationals this year,” Case said.
Case plans to continue his national race schedule with the May 26-28 Springnationals in Folsom, Calif.
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