BMX is the cycling equivalent of snowboarding. It’s a rebel’s version of cycling, and it has a reputation of appealing to kids. But both sports have been staged at the Olympics, and both sports have more Masters competitors than you might think. At the third-annual USA Cycling BMX National Championships, which were held in Desoto, Texas, near Dallas, there were several Masters age groups being contested. In the men’s 30+ (for standard 20″ bikes), Shawn Diprete of Brockton, Mass., won the category. For Masters men, John Purse of Spring, Texas, was the winner.
In the cruiser class (24″), here are the age-group winners:
Men 30-34: Howard Johnson (San Antonio, Texas)
Men 35-39: Chris Loy (Keller, Texas)
Men 40-44: George Goodall (Mesa, Ariz.)
Men 45+: Eric Rupe (Chatsworth, Ga.)
Women 35-39: Erin Moore (Fayetteville, Ark.)