by Andy Bowyer
Rev Up: The Mini O'sThursday, November 19, 2009 | 5:22 PM
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"Why won't that clock tick a little faster...?"
Right now thousands of the fastest amateur motocross racers in the world are sitting in their classrooms thinking similar thoughts. Next week marks the 38th Annual Thor Winter National Olympics. It’s an amateur motocross tradition and one of the biggest races in the world. Motocross is the greatest family sport for many reasons, but spending Thanksgiving together at the races is awesome.
The race is also very cool because, while it takes place at the end of the year, most of the kids have next year’s bikes and riding gear. I remember it was always the biggest intimidator to line up next to a rider who had the new bike. Even if it was only "Bold new graphics,” the new bike was somehow faster and better. The event is also unique in that it has a bunch of off the track activities. The old Gear Racewear volleyball tournament and Scott Goggle tug of war were always my favorites. We used to even have a gong show where we would sing and dance like fools. It was such a cool scene to see all of the motocross riders just playing and being "normal" kids after the motos were done.
But, the coolest thing is the Thanksgiving feast. All of the families bring a covered dish to add to the enormous buffet tables. Back in the day we would wear our coolest clothes and comb our hair then line up to stack our plates. Bevo Forti would always be at the end of the buffet line waiting for you with a big slice of Turkey. Then all of the families sit down together and celebrate Thanksgiving.
Ricky Carmichael. He sure did crash a lot...
Those times were before message boards, personal trainers, and agents. It was a different scene than what we'll see next week. Times have changed and the sport has grown and evolved, but I think the soul is still very much intact.
It almost brings down a happy tear when I think about all of the kids sitting in their classrooms right now watching that clock.
Thanks for reading, see you next week.