Little Lynch earns big trophies |

Little Lynch earns big trophies

Darin Olde, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Matthew “Gunner” Lynch can barely carry his two new BMX racing trophies.

They’re nearly as big as he is.

Lynch, 10, won the trophies by beating 25 other riders and finishing second in two U.S. National American Bicycling Association races April 19-21 in Tulare, Calif. By doing so, he showed riders in the Northern California district he is among the top intermediate riders for his age.

Also competing were John Thomaselli, co-founder of the South Lake Tahoe BMX Association, Michael Frates and Brianna Clinton.

The group, ranging in age from Clinton’s 6 years to Thomaselli’s 46-50 age division, is boning up for the South Lake Tahoe series, which will begin in early June.

Starting tonight the Thomasellis will begin major tractor work on the race course behind the ball fields next to Al Tahoe Elementary School.

The series is now large enough to host its first state championship qualifier event, which will be scheduled later this summer.

Until then, racers can compete in national events, but most won’t have the same success as Lynch.

“He’s just an unbelievably talented little rider,” said Lauren Thomaselli, who as the other co-founder of the South Lake Tahoe BMX Association has watched Lynch ride for the past three years. “To make a main event and finish second is incredible, especially for a Tahoe guy who only rides a few months out of the season.”

Lynch, who is sponsored by Cutting Edge Sports/Creation, has nine first-place finishes in ABA races. When he has 20, he can move up to the expert class.

Last January, Lynch also competed in the Silver Dollar Nationals in Reno and took second and third.

He did that off the sofa, too.

“That’s what’s so cool,” said Matthew’s father Larry.

Lynch, who is in fifth grade at Sierra House Elementary School, is ranked 48th in the 10-Intermediate division in the Northern California district. He will likely advance to the expert class this year.

Thomaselli finished fourth and fifth in his two final races.

Clinton came in sixth on Saturday and seventh on Sunday.

Frates, 17, who competed in the expert class, didn’t qualify for the main or final races.

For more information about South Lake Tahoe BMX Association, call (530) 542-9337.

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