BMX rider wins gold at second straight Summer Games
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 06:00 am
After winning the gold medal in the Male 13-14-year-old BMX division at the 2012 Alberta Summer Games in Lethbridge, 15-year-old Airdrie resident River Peacock was hoping to match that feat two years later at his home track.
From July 25 to 27, the local rider was in a class of his own in the Male 15-16 division, as he won all 12 of his races on his way to winning the gold medal again.
“I obviously wanted to have a chance of winning the gold medal once again this year, but I was more focused on trying to finish as well as I could during the weekend,” Peacock said. “To be honest, I would have been happy about getting any place on the podium.”
“Plus, since I was competing in my hometown for the Summer Games this year, that had me even more excited about taking part in the Games,” he added.
Peacock, who trains on a regular basis at the Airdrie BMX facility at Fletcher Park, was able to use his home track experience to his advantage during the three days, as he got a jump on the rest of the field at the start and proceed to pull away from the pack
“That was a nice advantage for me to be familiar with the course for sure,” Peacock said. “However, my main goal was to just go as hard as I could in every race and come home in first place.”
“There were 12 races in total this weekend and you earn 100 points for each win, so to be able to win all of the races was a pretty neat feeling,” he added. “I was just trying to stay in front and I was able to do that.”
Although this year’s Alberta Summer Games were taking place in his hometown, Peacock said the thoughts going through his mind as he received his gold medal on July 27 were almost the same as what he experienced two years ago in Lethbridge.
“I thought it might be a little bit different since it was in Airdrie, but I felt just as proud and happy as I was in Lethbridge back in 2012,” Peacock said.
“The experience was just as rewarding.”
With his second trip to the Summer Games fading into the background, Peacock is gearing up for his next major event, which will be the Alberta Provincial BMX Championships in Stony Plain on Aug. 16 and 17.
“I’m just going to keep on training as hard as I can before I go off to the provincials,” Peacock said.
“Even though I just won a gold medal, I can’t rest for too long and just feel proud about doing one thing.”
Local riders Hailey Hobbs and Alexandra Reeve also won medals in the BMX event at the Summer Games, as Hobbs won the bronze medal in the Female 13-14 division, while Reeve matched that feat in the Female 11-12 class.