Last night was Charlie's first race. Like most first races, it's more of a learning experience than a race. Thankfully everyone was very helpful, so navigating the signups and moto sheets wasn't too hard. Charlie was between age groups in the mix of kids, so he raced with the seven year olds (he's six). One thing became immediately apparent even before the racing started...he would need a race bike to be competitive. All the other bikes were 7-8 lbs lighter, and had skinny 20 inch wheels and tires. Charlie's heavy steel bike with 16 inch wheels was outgunned. Still, he could keep up with the pack down the 1st straightaway. I think it'd be like entering an XC race with an All Mountain trail bike. You could hang for a bit, but would be quickly dropped. Been there, done that, got the T-Shirt!
So it looks like a new race bike will be bought sooner than later! Charlie didn't transfer to the main, but he had a great attitude and tried his best to the end. Both kids and parents were supportive of all the racers no matter where they placed. Charlie was recognized for his first race and hard efforts with a medallion. Lets just say that receiving this medallion to him, would be the same as me winning $1,000. He talked about his prize all night, and wore it in the restaurant after the race. When we got home he hid his medallion in the grandfather clock to thwart any would be thieves.
Charlie is exited about racing again, and plans to practice hard all week. With any luck, he'll have a new bike by next race!