CASS CITY CHRONICLE-THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4,1980
CASS CITY, MICHIGAN)
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Bicycle motocross Fast and
fast growing sport for kids
By Mike Eliasohn jumps, hills and turns, the lightweight in price. The sport is five. Until the last
difference being that in love it. That's really the
cheapest BMX bike runs few years, riders stopped situation."
J.R. Newell's bicycle is BMX, the course is much about $150 and wouldn't be participating by their late
worth $400. In his first year of compe-
shorter and leg power is very competitive. The most teens, when they got too tition, J.R. has done very
J.R. Newell is seven years used instead of engine pow- expensive cost several hun- large for their small bikes.
well. It. takes five wins in the
dred dollars. That problem has been novice class in his age group
The Owosso youngster is In both, special machines That's not the kind of solved by the invention of
one of an increasing number to move up to the expert
are used. The BMX ma- bread most kids carry cruiser bikes, which use class and he has already
of participants in a sport chines, with the exception of around in their jeans, so by 26-inch wheels and are
called bicycle motocross -- the cruiser class for older accomplished that.
necessity, BMX is a family somewhat akin to the old JEFF FOSIIAG,
BMX for short. riders, use 20-inch wheels. sport, even if not all mem- "balloon tire bombers" that
The bikes do not have The bicycles usually use 16, of Monroe, has also done
bers of the family partici- were the standard kids' bike very well in his first full year
motors. The "moto" part of wide knobby tires, have one pate directly. .before the advent of 10-
the name comes from the of competition, collecting
speed, and are light but Girls can race, either speeds and 20-inch banana nine trophies in 11 races.
motorcycle sport of moto- strong, normally 25 pounds against each other or in the seat bikes.
cross, after which BMX is A lot of his friends were
or less. regular classes with the With the cruisers, even
patterned. Because of the extensive involved in the sport, which
boys, but BMX remains a parents can get into the got him interested, so he
In both, the riders race use of lightweight com- largely male-sport. action.
over a short dirt course with bought a used bike, raced
ponents, the bikes are not The minimum age for the J.R. NKWEU, - J.R. once last year, liked it and
sounds classier than Jeff - decided to get involved
was one of several hundred heavily this year.
riders competing on a recent His parent's gave him a
week end at the Great Lakes $120 frame for Christmas
National BMX event on a and he has been doing
track near Lansing. various odd jobs ( a n d get-
It was possibly ihe largest ting advances on his allow-
and certainly the most pres- ance) to earn money for THEY'RE OFF - A starting gate that drops down
tigious BMX event ever held components, which he con-
in Michigan and attracted stantly upgrades. He figures ensures an equal start for all racers. A maximum of eight
p a r t i c i p a n t s from as far he now has between $400 and riders race per heat, which consists of one lap of the track.
away as California. (The $500 invested in his 21-pound
Golden Slate is where BMX machine.
originated about 10 years After Jeff got involved,
ago.) brother Robert, 11, got inter-
According to J.R.'s father. ested, and after that their
Bob, an ex-motorcycle rac- parents, so now the entire
er, getting involved in the family goes to races almost
sport was a joint decision. every week end.
They went to a few races last So far they have been to
year, liked what they saw such places as Detroit,
and "both decided to try i t . " Woodhaven, Birch Run,
The father has invested Petoskey and E l k h a r t . Ind.
about SOOUso far, and figures "We've been to every one,"
the m i n i m u m to gel started said their father. Walter,
would b e a b o u l half ( h a t . ( I n who exhibited as much en-
addition to the bike, there is thusiasm for the sport as did
also the cost of protective his two sons.
clothing and safety h e l m e t . )
The Newells - Mrs. New-
ell also goes along -- usually
travel with a group of f a m i - A F K W I ' K H S O X A I . 1'IUv
lies from Owosso involved in cautionary notes:
the sport. It's possible to go BMX racers wear safety
somewhere every week end, helmets, protective clothing,
and t h e Xewells have gone there is safety padding on
as far as K l k h a r t . hid. BMX the bicycle and the cycles
can be a year-round sport if are extra strong so that they
one chooses as races are won'I break, plus there are
held indoors d u r i n g w i n t e r . medical personnel at Ihe
BMX RACERS spend most of their time standing on the As for why families gel events in case of injury.
pedals, as opposed to sitting down. involved. Bob Newell ex- Would-be BMX 'racers,
plained, "The kids really alter reading this, should not
try such riding on standard
bicycles. Something could
break, for instance, the
handlebars, resulting in
serious injury to the rider.
Standard bikes can be
strengthened to take the -- The siick track made staying
stress, but Ihe result is an upright on the banked turns difficult, as this female rider
already heavy bike being
found out. Injuries can happen, one circumstance being
There are many inexpen- when a rider goes down in a pack and is run over by others.
sive bikes sold that look like
molocross bikes, but aren't, SOd/H'd
as they don't have Ihe Arc you a tub person
frame, wheels, handlebars,
oi' .1 shown- person'.1 Takini; a
s h o w e r uses a b o u t 10 gallons
"I w;iter. while ;i bath uses
Professional and Business
etc.. so shouldn't be used for
1!H gallons. To save on water
hills, t a k e showers instead of
The nearest BMX track is
Baja Acres, southwest of
And if you prefer baths,
a f t e r bathing let the water
Anyone who would like
s t a n d in the t u b until it
more information about the cools. The heal from the
DR. W.S. SELBY DR. E.PAUL LOCKWOOD
sport can call me al the tub is sufficient t o warm a Optometrist Chiropractic Physician
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CONDITIONS for the Great Lakes bicycle motocross event at the Jack Pine 4615 Oak Cass City OlliceB/2-:.'.i;M fte, H/;V':H I
track north of Lansing were very muddy, which slowed speeds and made Harris-Hampshire
negotiating banked turns like this one tricky. K. I. MacRae, D.O.
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Thank-yon notes OVER THE HILL - Under dry
conditions with faster speeds, these
9-12 a.m. and 2-6 p.m.
racers would have been flying off this Every Friday Evening - 8:00 p.m. 21 N. Aimer, Caro, Ml.
Across from IGA Store
hill instead of riding over it. BMX Good Shepherd Lutheran Chuich
Cass City Phone Caro 673-4464
racers can get several feet off the
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Two area winners Veterinarian
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Cass City Chronicle J
at state fair
Two area residents were
winners in competition at
bushel basket display of
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4672 Hill St.
Cass City, Mich, 48726
home grown vegetables in
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Slate Fair in Detroit.
Tom Cook of Ubly won
Harry Crandell, Jr.
firsl place for his eleclrical
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