Minden snowcross racer brings home the hardware
|By Alex Coop - Staff Writer | March 31, 2016|
Mild weather last week didn’t faze Minden teen snowcross racer Izac Reid, who capped his final weekend of racing the same way he entered it; atop the standings.
The 16-year-old took advantage of his eight-point lead heading into last weekend and for the first time in his young career, finished first overall in the Sport-600 class of the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association (CSRA).“I was nervous on Saturday when I only had a five-point lead,” Reid said, adding his training opportunities were very limited this season because of the unpredictable winter.
“Once I was on the track the feeling went away and I knew all I had to do was ride and finish the races.”
The Haliburton Highlands Secondary School student was also faced with a twist to the typical CSRA season finale.
Due to increasingly poor conditions, event organizers decided to combine the final three events of the 2016 season into a single weekend.
The Conx2share National Snowcross race, Rockstar Energy National and Dayco National Snowcross championships were all held at the Horseshoe Valley Resort in Barrie from Friday to Sunday.
Accompanying him during the final stretch of the season were his parents Tim and Paula and many other friends.
Hundreds of spectators also lined the track and enjoyed the fast-paced action in unseasonably warm conditions.
“It was a good race atmosphere,” Reid said.
Paula said she’s received many comments about her son’s development as a snowcross racer, many praising his technique and ability to grasp the details that help professionals win races.
“They talk about how smooth he rides,” she said, but also acknowledged his ability to balance school and racing throughout the season.
“He’s also changing as a person, his maturity has grown.”
Reid said the standings were close during the entire season, and small mistakes could have cost him the championship.
“You have to ride smart,” he said.
The friendships Reid formed throughout the season is another important part of the whole experience, his mother said. His family cheers for everyone.
“But when you’re on the race circuit everyone is in it for themselves,” she said. “No one holds any grudges though.”
Reid’s speedy-climb to the top of his class coupled with his minimal experience on the race circuit - Reid’s first snowcross race was five years ago - is an indication that he’s on the right path, Paula said.
Most racers begin at the age of five or six, she explained.
“His next goal is to become a semi-pro and pro in the CSRA.”
But Reid doesn’t want to stop there. The young racer said he would like to compete in the United States.
To keep him in racing shape both physically and mentally during the summer, Reid will be turning to his dirt bike for assistance.
“I’m going to try and enter some [dirt bike] races for the first time this summer,” he said.
The long grind of the CSRA season can be exhausting, Paula said, referring to the long road trips with their 45 foot-long trailer, which contains Reid’s snowmobile and other racing gear.
“It is a long winter, but the races make it go by pretty fast,” she said.
Reid and his family said they are grateful for the continued support from the community and their sponsors.
“We appreciate everything they do for us,” Paula said.
Reid will be accepting his trophy at the CSRA’s awards banquet on May 7 at the Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston.
ALEX COOP is a reporter for The Highlander.