Wisconsin Rapids Native Places First in State Qualifier

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SPORTSDESK – A Central Wisconsin boy is headed to the state finals for BMX bike racing after placing first in both the expert and 10-year-old age group on Sunday at the Central Wisconsin BMX Track in Wisconsin Rapids.

Brody Gilbertson of Wisconsin Rapids is a veteran of BMX bike racing and has been competing in the sport since the age of four.

Gilbertson’s father, Jay Gilbertson, recalls when Brody was recognized as a potential fit for the sport.

“He was riding a bike at three (years-old) with no training wheels, when my neighbor, who BMX’s, saw him out riding around the driveway, jumping the curb and stuff,” Gilbertson’s father said.

“He said, ‘you’ve got to get him out to the track.’”

After taking third place in his first official BMX bike race, Gilbertson began to love the sport.

“I can’t leave the house without Brody asking me if I’m going to the track,” his father added.

Gilbertson began racing at the expert level from the age of six and hopes to compete at the world level in 2020 and in the 2024 Olympic games.

Brody Gilbertson

The 10-year-old shared some words of wisdom for perspective BMX racers.

“If you want to get to a good level, you have to put time and a lot of effort into it,” Gilbertson said.

Gilbertson also enjoys the camaraderie and fun times that he spends with family and friends at each track that he competes at. He has recently been expanding his racing destinations to include tracks outside of Wisconsin.

Since joining a factory team out of the Midwest earlier this year, the family has traveled to tracks in Kentucky, Georgia and Rockford, IL. The six-year veteran plans to race at tracks in Minnesota, Ohio, Missouri and Oklahoma later this year.

Gilbertson will be competing in the state finals at Winnebagoland BMX Track in Oshkosh on August 19.

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