It was the start of the race season on Feb. 20-21 for the Lentz family as Travis Lentz competed in the first round of the Grand National Cross Country series at Big Buck Farm in Union, SC.
With everything from tight wooded areas to fields to creek crossings to hill climbs, the Big Buck course provided some unique challenges to the riders, regardless of their age and experience.
Lentz, the son of Travis and Alison Lentz, would race in the 65cc class for 10 and 11 year olds, which drew 24 competitors to South Carolina. The Walshville racer would finish sixth overall, completing five laps in a time of 1:28:58.009.
Morrisonville’s Jhak Walker would also make the trip to round one of the GNCC, racing in the YXC1 Super Mini Class for 14 and 15 year olds. Walker would take ninth overall in the 32-rider field, clocking seven laps in 1:35:10.100, despite losing his seat and breaking his shifter off during the race.
Other riders competing in the event from the area were Grayson Plowman of Waverly, who finished 15th in the 85cc 12-13 year old class; Lake Plowman of Waverly, who finished 21st in the 4-Stroke A Lites class; and Reece Frankford, who finished 28th in the Super Mini Jr. 12-13 year old class.
Battle At The Badlands
The following week, Travis Lentz raced in the opening round of the IXCR series in Attica, IN. Dubbed the Battle at the Badlands, Lentz beat out 20 other racers to win the 65cc class for 7-12 year olds, running a time of 59:27 for three laps. Overall, he would finish 26th in youth bikes.
Jhak Walker also raced in the opener, but had some hard luck in the Super Mini class for 8-15 year olds and was forced to withdrawl.
Some of the other area racers fared better, like Lake Plowman, who finished first in the A Lite class.
The next IXCR stop is on April 10-11, at Deer Ridge in Green Castle, IN.
While some were in Indiana, others were in Keithsburg on Sunday, Feb. 28, for the opening round of the WFO Promotions hare scramble series.
Cooper Duff of Donnellson picked up a win in the 51-65cc class for ages 7-11, running a time of 46.16 for two laps. Rylan Wise of Carlinville would finish just behind him in second in a time of 46.56.
Collin Johnson of Gillespie picked up a solid fifth place finish in his debut, beating out 32 other racers in the 85-Open B class, despite some brake issues. Brayden Pickerill of Harvel would race in the same class and finished 22nd overall.
Not only did Duff, Johnson and Pickerill race, but their dads did as well. Ryan Duff was ninth in the Vet 30+ A class, running a time of 114.46 for four laps. Darold Johnson finished first in the Sr. 40+ B division, while Steve Pickerill was fourth in the SS 50+ B/C class.
The family atmosphere continued in the 201-Open C class, where Litchfield’s Ryan Komor finished second and Alex Komor finished sixth. Ryan would clock in at 107.57 for four laps, while Alex ran a 90.30 for three laps.
Other area racers included Colt Rosentreter of Carlinville (12th in 0-51cc, 4-6, and 5th in 0-51cc, 7-8); Dawson Wise of Carlinville (4th in 51-65cc Beginner, 7-11); Mason Wise of Carlinville (6th in 85-200 C); Jordan Emmons of Carlinville (6th in 86-Open A); Ken Matway of Gillespie (4th in Masters 60+) and Reed Craig of Standard City (6th in Sen. 40+ C). The next WFO race is Sunday, March 21, at Keithsburg.
GNCC Round Two
The Grand National Cross Country series made its second stop two weeks after its run at Big Buck Farm, with several area racers trying their luck at The Wild Boar on the sandy soil in Palatka, FL.
Walshville’s Travis Lentz managed to come away with a sixth place finish in the 65cc (10-11) class at the Hog Waller, despite his back brakes going out during the race.
Jhak Walker was running fourth early in the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. (14-15) class, but mechanical issues relegated the Morrisonville racer back to 23th.
Jhak’s younger brother Jhenner Walker would race in the MXC2 division for 6-8 year olds and placed seventh out of 16 riders. The young racer ran a time of 34:58.457 for six laps.
Other area riders included Lake Plowman of Waverly (22nd in 4-Stroke A Lites); Rylan Frankford of Carlinville (12th in Sportsman A); Reece Frankford (9th in 85cc, 12-13); Grayson Plowman (32nd in 85cc, 12-13).
The next GNCC race is “The General” at Aonia Pass MX in Washington, GA, on March 13-14.
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