Jake’s Blog – My Brother: Growth Toward a Champion

2012 has been a great season for us, we’ve competed in 20 races so far this year and we’ve had four new race experiences:  Endurance Races, Road Races, Criterium Races and Time Trials.  The Yackle Brothers Racing Team has had 28 podium finishes this year.  Nye has had 11 podiums and he is currently in 2nd place in the New Mexico Off Road Series Cat 3 Junior 18-under division. He has a great chance of winning that title and possibly taking 3rd in the Junior Men 14-under Mountain States Cup Series!  These last two races are evidence that Nye is becoming increasingly talented and has grown competive with 14 year old Cat 3 juniors class.

Since Nye has done extremely well so far this year, we decided to go to the Ute Valley Pro XCT in Colorado Springs. Nye’s 2nd place finish in the Cat 3, 14-under division was great in spite of a USA Cycling official blocking him from getting a front row starting position during staging.  Nye also had a 0:20:30 lap time, he was the 3rd fastest overall Cat 3 racer and he was only 20 sec behind the 1st place 14 year old!

The Wildflower Rush is another extremely competitive event because all of the best junior teams like Durango Devo, Boulder Junior Cycling and SMBA come to compete.  Once again like at Ute Valley a USA Cycling official obstructed Nye’s start position.  Nye overcame his disadvantage and placed 4th out of 25 Junior 14-under racers and he also had the 8th fastest overall Cat 3 time!

Nye’s results at these last two races are proof that Nye is becoming more talented and more competitive with 14 year old junior racers.  As evidence Nye placed 7th against 30 of the best 13-14 year olds in the nation at the Sea Otter Classic!

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