Four BMX racers win national races in Reno
Four South Lake Tahoe BMX racers brought home first-place trophies from the American Bicycle Association National Circuit race on Labor Day weekend in Reno.
Competing in his first national BMX event, Jack Lyle showed that he more than belonged with the best by winning the 11 intermediate class. Also topping the awards list were Tim Stone, 10 novice class; Anthony Hackworth, 11 novice; and Lauren Thomaselli, 36-40 women’s cruiser.
More than 1,500 riders competed in the three-day competition at the Reno Livestock Events Center. Racers were grouped according to their age and ability level and competed in a series of qualifying rounds. The top eight racers qualified for the main event and received trophies.
Also making the main event and bringing home high finishes were Matthew “Gunner” Lynch, third, 11 intermediate; Holly “The Rocket” Richardson, sixth, 14 novice; Josh Wagoner, third, 14 novice; Josh Mason, second, 15 novice; Nolan Makua, fifth, 5 and under novice; Nick Petrell, second, 16 novice; Melissa Brower, fifth, 16 girls; Oz Cheek, third, 19-27 intermediate, Garrett Froelich, third, 28 and over novice; Anthony Hackworth Sr., seventh, 31-35 cruiser; George Kramer, third, 41-45 cruiser; and John Thomaselli, second, 46-50 cruiser.
Some classes had close to 50 riders and several qualifying rounds and semifinals were necessary. Other local riders making it to the semifinal round were Briana “The Bomb” Clinton, 7 girls; Jake Williams, 8 intermediate; Jake Braun, 8 expert; Dylan Allgor, 9 intermediate; Tony “The Terminator” Thomaselli, 11 expert; Seth Schleisman, 11 intermediate; and Tyler Thomaselli, 14 intermediate.
The action won’t slow down for BMX racers as two big events are scheduled for this weekend. The Mike Hart Full Moon Madness race is Friday with sign-ups running from 4-6 p.m. and racing to follow. Entry fee is $10 for the race that will benefit the Mike Hart Scholarship Fund.
On Saturday, a BMX for Breast Cancer race begins with sign-ups at noon. All proceeds will benefit the BMX Mammogram Fund, which provides mammograms to women under 40 who are at risk for breast cancer.
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