Rossland’s Ryder rides to national title

A Rossland Ryder has progressed by leaps and bounds in the BMX world, taking home the national title after just six weeks of training.

A Rossland Ryder has progressed by leaps and bounds in the BMX world, taking home the national title after just six weeks of training.

Seven-year-old Ryder Adams won the novice division title at the BMX Canadian Grand Nationals in Chilliwack earlier this month, an impressive result considering his inauspicious start in August.

Ryder seized the hole shot coming out of the gate, was passed, but then overtook his competition to capture first place overall in what is the most prestigious event on the BMX circuit.

The Rossland native became intrigued with  BMX biking after seeing his first race in Spokane. His parents  Jim and Carmen bought him a Redline BMX bike for his seventh birthday in late August and the avid mountain biker hasn’t stopped riding it since.

“Ryder practiced and raced tirelessly at various tracks including his home track in Grand Forks,” says mom Carmen, adding that his passion for mountain biking definitely helped, “He has no fear whatsoever of the BMX ‘pump’ track.”

He also got a jump start on the competition when he rode with Shylo Orchard, the Women’s Canadian Grand National Champion.

The Grand Nationals is a three-day event with numerous heats and qualifying races. Ryder won three trophies at the weekend race, including a qualifying trophy for the main event.