This dirt track at Pearland BMX is always full of surprises
“I like to joke and tell people that it’s half BMX track and half social club,” said Richard Willoughby.
Willoughby helps run this hidden gem and he sees all types of bikers, ages of which vary.
“It’s all the way up to, I think our oldest rider is 50-52, somewhere around there," Willoughby said. "It goes 45 to 99, so we’ll go in that area.”
But it’s the young ones that are the wild card.
“6 and under is a pretty good age group, it’s a good time to get them started," WIlloughby said. "It can be a little intimidating, but it depends on the kid.”
“What are you going to do this time? Stand up, that’s right, the whole time right and go up the hills by yourself right? Yeah! Ok, give me five. Alright lets go dude.”
3-year old Gavin LaGrappe falls in the no fear category.
“It’s indescribable, as much fun as I have," said Gavin's father Chad. "As long as he’s having fun, I’m having fun.”
What some have never been able to do, Gavin does with ease and has for a while
“I mean we hot him this little balance bike, he was probably 13 or 14 months old," LaGrappe said. "We just put it in front of him and next thing you know, he’s going all over the house on it.”
After all, practice makes perfect, no matter the terrain.
“We have a big den with no furniture and he would just cruise around”
Gavin has since upgraded his bike, he is a licensed USA BMX member and an avid fan of marsh mellows.
His dad just sits back in awe.
“The control, the agility, the balance, everything at that age, I mean I have a lot friends that have kids that still have training wheels on.”
Now, it's not always perfect and Gavin does fall from time to time. Plus, a 3-year old tends to get distracted. Still any type of motivation to ride works perfectly.
“Zoe wants you to ride," LaGrappe tells his son. "She thinks it’s cool when you ride”
But Gavin's happiness on the track, pales in comparison to what’s going through his dad’s mind.
“When he’s asking, dad, let’s go ride, let’s go ride. You know…you can’t say no," LaGrappe said. "I’ll do whatever it takes.”
(© 2017 KHOU)