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Recreation: To Geyer, motocross is child’s play

YOUNGSTER SHOWS AN EARLY

ABILITY TO HANDLE MACHINE,

TRACK IN COMPETITIONS

BY ADAM HIMMELSBACH

When Noah Geyer was 2 years old, he used to walk around his parents’ garage and count the motorbike helmets on the wall.

He was fascinated with his father John’s dirt bike, and he made it clear that one day he wanted to ride one. Well, he made it as clear as a 2-year-old can make it.

One day, with his Elmo helmet strapped on, he climbed onto John’s PW 50 bike, turned to his parents and said: “Vroom, vroom.”

John and Colleen Geyer, who live in Stafford County, relented soon after. They bought Noah his own youth motorbike with training wheels.

Earlier this month, Noah Geyer, who is now 7, accomplished something many motocross racers wait a lifetime for.

He won a bronze medal at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

He competed in the 4- to 6-year-old age group. (Although Noah is 7, registration is based on the rider’s age last Jan. 1).

“The mere fact that he made it there was an accomplishment in itself,” Colleen Geyer said. “We’re still kind of in awe that he received a bronze medal.”

John Geyer built a makeshift dirt course for Noah on the family’s 4-acre property in Stafford.

When Noah was 3, his parents removed the training wheels from his bike and John put a restrictor plate on it to minimize the speed.

He then attached a rope to the bike and would run around the yard holding it as Noah drove.

“They would just go around and around,” Colleen said.

When Noah was 5, his family took him to the Budds Creek track in Mechanicsville, Md., where he competed in his first race.

His parents said they were surprisingly at ease, because their son was amazingly calm for a 5-year-old.

Before Noah competes in races, he walks the entire course with his father, and he has an uncanny ability to recall the ruts, dips and curves during competition.

After races, he goes directly to his father and looks back on the bright moments as well as the mistakes he made.

“He’s always had such a complete understanding of the bike and a complete respect for it,” Colleen Geyer said. “I know it sounds strange when talking about a 7-year-old, but he just gets it.”

To qualify for the AMA championships in Tennessee, Noah had to make it through qualifying rounds in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Then, at the main event, he placed third in a field of about 40 drivers. In the coming year, he is scheduled to compete in more national events.

He likes winning, but he is hardly defined by it. He is shy and prefers to keep to himself. After he wins medals at local races, as other children are celebrating, he tends to shrug. He is just as happy running practice laps as he is competing in national events.

“I just have a lot of fun,” Noah said.

Adam Himmelsbach: 540/374-5442

ahimmelsbach@freelancestar.com

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