SCUGOG: Nine year-old Kayden Hobbs recently finished in third place in the O-Cups, a provincial mountain biking race series. This was the Port Perry resident and S.A. Cawker student’s first year racing.
He told The Standard he “felt proud of” himself because of that. He also said there are multiple reasons why he enjoys mountain biking.
“It’s very fun and I get to take jumps and go very fast down hills,” he said.
Kayden was also sponsored this year, by Cycle Life in Pickering. Pam Hobbs, Kayden’s mother, explained the process of getting a sponsor and why it is a significant milestone.
“You have to be doing well. They also have to see that you are interested in the sport, you can’t just go in and ask for a sponsor,” she said. “He’s had his bike fixed there a few times, and it is just kind of like a family. You get to know everybody and they kind of take care of each other.”
Mrs. Hobbs also explained how Kayden prepares for every race he competes in.
“When Kayden goes to his races, Kayden and I will go up on a Saturday and we will do a pre-ride, so he will race the course to give him more familiarity with it. We will go up there and camp in a tent and then he will race the next day.”
Kayden told The Standard that moving forward, he has the one goal he wants to achieve. “Trying to get first place,” he said.