Friday, August 26, 2011
SHORT RIDE TO THE TOP
Dominic Duran has exploded on the BMX scene, earning a national ranking in just his first season.
By Jagada Chambers Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org 209-249-3543
POSTED August 24, 2011 11:12 p.m.
At the beginning of the year, 5-year-old Dominic Duran was in the opening stages of his first season racing on the American Bicycle Association BMX circuit, now, just seven months later, Duran has lifted himself to a No. 1 ranking in the Championship Series standings.
Duran has put together an impressive first act on his bicycling career, leading all the BMX’ers in his 5-under division with 57 points.
“Dominic has been racing for just about seven months,” Dominic’s mother Megan Campbell said. “And within that seven months he has taken it to an entirely different level. I didn’t know anything about BMX before he started and now he ranked in the sport nationally.”
The young standout continued his accelerated climb to the top with a first-place finish in the Northern California State Championship Finals in Roseville at Oak Creek BMX Park over the weekend. Duran went into the weekend tied with Blake Mejorado, but earned the top spot with his first place finish.
Duran’s most recent exploits has pulled him into the top five of the ABABMX’ national rankings. With three events remaining on the national schedule, Duran hopes to be in position to vie for the national No. 1 spot.
The Woodward Elementary kindergartener has been able to win over 20 races throughout his short career, qualifying himself for the national stage with three victories on qualified tracks. Even with the success he has rolled on the wheels of his mini Red Line bike, the sport is still nothing but excitement for Duran. The victories have also brought on sponsorships, with Duran already netting the backing of Psykopath Industries Factory Team.
“For him, it is so much fun,” his mother said. “He really likes to do it. He goes out there and he just does what he’s naturally good at. At 2, he was riding his bike with no training wheels.
“He loves the accomplishment when he gets first, but I don’t think he understands the severity of his accomplishments.”
Woodward kindergartner climbing to top of BMX rankings