- Bryson and Raelynn Dickerson of Warsaw are within the Grand Nationwide Cross Nation racing competitors for ATVs. Bryson is 9 and Raelynn is 11.
- Bryson positioned first for youth in 2022 and second within the micro-division. Raelynn was eleventh within the youth division. She ran a 125cc bike for the primary time this 12 months.
- Races characteristic about 140 riders and the season goes from February to October. Races lengthen from Indiana to Florida with a couple of in Ohio.
- Bryson additionally positioned first within the pee-wee and youth division for the Ohio primarily based EROC collection and will probably be awarded at a ceremony in February. Raelynn was eleventh in youth.
WARSAW − Two native youngsters proceed to race up the ranks on the earth of youth ATV racing.
Bryson and Raelynn Dickerson have been racing numerous bikes since they had been sufficiently old to carry on. Their mother and father, Dustin and Amy Dickerson, as soon as raced ATVs themselves, however shifted all their focus to their kids.
In 2020, Bryson completed third for MXC1 and Raelynn was eighth. For 2021, Bryson completed first within the youth division and second within the micro-division. Raelynn positioned fifth within the micro-division. She additionally ran a couple of races within the youth division.
For the Grand Nationwide Cross Nation (GNCC) 2022 season, Bryson, 9, completed second in MXC1 and first in youth. He positioned 62nd within the nation for all racers in all divisions. Raelynn, 11, completed eleventh in youth ladies junior ATV. She began operating a 125cc ATV simply this 12 months.
The pair had been just lately honored at a ceremony in Morgantown, West Virginia. The siblings additionally ran the Jap Racing Offroad Championship (EROC) collection in Ohio for the primary time. Bryson received first within the pee-wee and youth divisions. Raelynn was seventh within the youth division. An EROC awards ceremony will probably be in February.
Bryson is shifting to the 90cc division this coming season. He is undecided if he’ll proceed to run MXC1. He can nonetheless run the circuit yet another season as he does not flip 10 till Jan. 30.
“I really feel fairly good about this 12 months. I noticed one thing in me that I have not seen earlier than. I’ve gotten quicker and I am actually trying ahead to subsequent 12 months,” Bryson stated.
He credit his pace enhance to attending camps and studying from older drivers. Raelynn stated the seminars have helped her get quicker within the tight turns, which has all the time been a wrestle for her.
“We speak about it after which we go journey and see what we have to work on from there,” Bryson stated of the camps.
There are about 140 riders in every race with contests extending from Indiana to Florida. The season goes from February to October. The pair ran 24 races this previous 12 months with a stretch of 16 consecutive weeks. Dustin stated there was a depth of expertise for youths this 12 months to deal with. Prior to now, there is perhaps two or three battling for the highest spot. This 12 months it was six to seven at most contests.
“This identical group of children when the race is over, all of them go play collectively,” Dustin stated. “They have a reasonably tight knit group and it is good to see the children of that stage of expertise racing one another that arduous and that stage of competitors flip proper round and be greatest pals.”
Raelynn is in fifth grade and Bryson is in fourth grade. They’ve been homeschooled since 2020. Bryson began wrestling this 12 months by way of River View and Raelynn desires to begin subsequent college 12 months. Amy stated each are testing above their grade ranges.
“Not each child learns the identical. Some child it would take a bit longer. I really feel that each child goes to bloom at their very own tempo. They do nicely with it and I really feel they’ve realized lots,” Amy stated of homeschooling.
Amy stated it was an adjustment racing season for Raelynn as she moved up at school to an even bigger ATV and is usually in opposition to older youth. They’re looking forward to the approaching season.
“I feel I realized lots. The massive bikes are powerful typically, however I obtained by way of it,” Raelynn stated of final 12 months.
Bryson had the doubtful distinction of totaling an ATV for the primary time when he struck a rut within the observe and crashed right into a tree. He wasn’t injured, however the body of the bike was destroyed. Even with that, Bryson tried to proceed on. The ATV needed to rebuilt from scratch.
“He did not even hesitate. He did not come off the quad. His toes had been up clear over his head, the bike got here to relaxation within the improper route going through the children. He collected himself and tore again off,” Dustin recalled. “I caught him on the different finish of the woods. He was following behind and I noticed the entrance tire was leaning filter out. He obtained into the pits the place an enormous group of our pals meet and assist one another out. They’re attempting to see what’s improper and that ended our day.”
Aggressive racing teaches a whole lot of maturity and has the children exceeding past their years, Dustin stated.
“It is unreal the maturity this teaches the children, having the mentality to exit and practice, simply the extent that goes into it,” he commented.
One can sustain with the pair on the Dickerson’s Racing Facebook web page and on Instagram at Dickerson Race.