Archive for Wednesday, December 6, 2000

Tonganoxie youth`s BMX season ends

December 6, 2000

Josh McCutchen, an 11-year-old Tonganoxie boy, completed his first season as a BMX racer Thanksgiving week-end with a strong showing at National Race of Champions.

At the event in Tulsa, Josh competed against the top 10 riders from each state in his age group.

But after advancing through the first two rounds, Josh`s bike got tangled up another rider`s bike in the quarterfinals, ending his first season.

"It made me really, really mad," Josh said. "I got hooked on to him and he just wrecked out."

Josh took third in the opening race, and he took first in the second race. He ended up sixth out of seven riders in the quarterfinals, beating the rider he had gotten in the wreck with. But he never gave up.

"He got back on and went ahead and finished," said mother, Tammie McCutchen. "But the other group was already gone. There was no way he could have caught them."

Despite the abrupt ending to a season that began in March, and despite being a little down because of that, Josh said that he was ready to race again.

"It (racing) made me really happy," he said. "Now I just want do it again next year."

Josh`s racing career started this year when he quit baseball, and climbed aboard a dirt bike. It only took Josh eight races over the course of two months to move up from the novice to the intermediate level.

Since then, Josh has earned 19 top-three finishes, including his first intermediate win Oct. 6 in Topeka.

Josh will continue to race at the intermediate level again next March.

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