Lake Stevens brothers, Lain Pesek and Talan Hemans, won the 2013 Washington State BMX Championship series concluding on September 29 at River Valley BMX track in Sumner, WA.
They were each awarded the coveted #1 plate for their respective classes to run for the 2014 season.
Thirteen-year-old Lain Pesek, student of North Lake Middle School, has been competing for almost four years now, but just started to take it seriously about a year and half ago.
He finished off his 2012 season by winning the 12 Intermediate division at the Canadian Grand Nationals in Chilliwack, B.C.
He earned the support of a full sponsorship from Tim’s Bike Shop in Everett and they built him an entirely new bike to attack the 2013 season.
Pesek started the 2013 season racing in the Intermediate class at his local BMX track at McCollum Park in Everett. He was soon dominating this class and moved up to the premier Expert class just before the State Championship Series started.
With the support of Tim’s Bike Shop, and the guide of National Champion, Juan Carlos Carbo, Pesek trained both on and off the track. He traveled all over Washington, during the summer, competing in qualifying races and earning points.
Pesek eventually clinched the championship at the final round on Sept 29. Two weeks later, he entered the Canadian Grand Nationals in Chilliwack, B.C. and competed against 39 of the top ranked 13 year olds from around the country and Canada, earning a hard-fought, fifth place in the final.
Seven-year-old Talan Hemans, a student at Mount Pilchuck Elementary, has been competing in BMX for about a year now.
He started the 2013 season off in the novice class but after nearly ten straight wins, he was moved up to the Intermediate rank.
With the help of Bob Gleyre, local trainer and former BMX Pro, Hemans worked on his craft all summer long at McCollum Park BMX track in Everett.
All season long he has been competing against other seven year olds throughout Washington State and earned the Championship by winning the final round.
Two weeks later, Hemans also traveled to Chilliwack, B.C. for the Canadian Grand Nationals, and took first place in his division against riders from all over Canada and the United States.
For 2014, Hemans has earned a spot on the R.R.P. BMX Gates/URP team supported by Kuwahara Bikes, 100% Goggles and Thor Racewear.
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