Gearing up for competition

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Gearing up for competition

Junior Keelyn Jones BMX bikes at 3rd Lair skate park in Golden Valley Feb. 8. Jones showed off stunts and skills he's attained through weekly practices. Jones is on two teams that participate in competitions.

Junior Keelyn Jones BMX bikes at 3rd Lair skate park in Golden Valley Feb. 8. Jones showed off stunts and skills he's attained through weekly practices. Jones is on two teams that participate in competitions.

Celene Koller

Junior Keelyn Jones BMX bikes at 3rd Lair skate park in Golden Valley Feb. 8. Jones showed off stunts and skills he's attained through weekly practices. Jones is on two teams that participate in competitions.

Celene Koller

Celene Koller

Junior Keelyn Jones BMX bikes at 3rd Lair skate park in Golden Valley Feb. 8. Jones showed off stunts and skills he's attained through weekly practices. Jones is on two teams that participate in competitions.

Sari Hattis

Activity: Keelyn Jones, BMX Biking, an off-road style of biking that involves racing and stunts.

When and why did you start BMX biking?

I was 13 years old, and my neighborhood friends all started (BMX biking). I did not like it at first, but I stuck with it and I began to learn how to do it.

Where do you BMX bike?

At the skate park since it is cold out right now, but I usually like to ride on the streets in downtown.

What is BMX biking?

We do tricks on our bikes. I like the park riding because it is more fun.

What is most unique about BMX biking?

It is a way that you can express how you feel when you ride. If I am stressed out, I bike and it is a different feeling and acts as a stress-reliever. I take it very seriously.

What is your favorite part about BMX biking?

I like the community feel and how a lot of my good friends are involved.

What have you learned from BMX biking?

I have learned you can make good relationships through the activities you do.

Are there competitions?

There are a couple every year, and I usually have to travel to go. I ride on a team, so I get to do it for free. They are categorized by classes, like professional, but I started in beginner and went up to pro.

How would you like to improve?

I want to ride more and have more fun with it. I think I take it too seriously, so I want to have more fun.

What are some conflicts you have encountered?

I have not gotten that many injuries. I got a couple of concussions and rolled ankles, but nothing that bad. The hardest part is the recovery, because it is hard getting back to normal. It takes such a long time, and you still hurt when you are riding after the injury.

What is your proudest moment?

When I got first in a Gatorade Free Flow contest. That is where they pick a couple skate parks every year and hold contests there. I only won in the intermediate category so it was not a big deal, but it gave me a good feeling.

What gear do you wear?

I wear soft knee pads, shin pads, helmets and ankle guards to prevent from rolling ankles.

Who is your idol regarding biking?

My biggest idol would have to be Chad Kerley. I look up to him for how he always progresses and has fun with riding.

How do you see your future with BMX biking?

I will continue it as long as I can, but usually a lot of people get injured and cannot ride as much.

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