Local motocross racers train year-round and compete in the South

CENTRAL LOUISIANA (KALB) – While most sports are closed for the summer, a group of athletes of all ages continue to compete locally in one of the most thrilling sports in the country.

“It’s unlike any competition I’ve ever seen,” said Kevin Kitchen, whose son Karson races in motocross.

Motocross is described by those on the track as 10 of the most exhilarating minutes in any sport. Runners put their bodies on the line year-round by competing in circuits across the country.

“It’s an adrenaline rush, and it’s really fun to be alone and to be free,” said Karson Kitchen, 14, from Woodworth.

Karson grew up around dirt bikes his whole life, but didn’t come out the door and start racing competitively until a year and a half ago when a friend of his took him on the track.

“The dad called me and said, ‘Hey, your son really wants to race this weekend, are you okay?’ said Kevin. “I said, ‘No, it’s not okay.’ We didn’t have our own bike or anything and we borrowed a bike to ride and I could immediately see in his eyes that he was hooked.

Karson was definitely hooked at the time. He continues to train several days a week to prepare for the races every other weekend. The Kitchen family travels across the South, competing where Karson has already made a name for himself with 25 wins to his credit.

Kevin said his son understands the risks he takes every time he steps out on the track, but the reward is worth it.

“When you have a 14-year-old looking at his mother and saying, ‘If I die doing what I love to do, just know that I’m happy,'” Kevin said. not giving back to the sport and really pushing him to be what he wants to be on the dirtbike.”

This drive is the same need for speed that kids from four years old through people in their 60s have when dressing up for race day.

Rodney Cain turns 65 this week and says the adrenaline of racing runs in his blood.

“You have to ride one and do a few laps to really appreciate it,” Cain said. “You fight a machine that weighs 200 pounds and you try to make it do what you want to do, but sometimes it has a mind of its own.”

Cain’s greatest thrill doesn’t come when he lands a jump or even finishes first in a race, but it’s being able to watch the next generation grow up and eventually pass him on the track.

“You see them when they start at the beginner level and with every step they take they go a little bit faster where they get to a full-size bike, they’re pretty fast,” Cain said. “I like to see them improve, go faster and go out to fight with the fast guys.”

If anyone would like to see these runners in action or join in, there is a local track at Hurricane Creek near Jena.

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