Dirt bikes race through the track, tackling jumps and rough terrain with skillful ease. This is the sport known as motocross, a physically demanding and time consuming pastime. Among the talented riders is number 772, Triston Loeman, currently ranked 37th in Canada in the “Schoolboy” class. If the name sounds familiar, it's because Triston is a grade 10 student here at STM.
Motocross is becoming an increasingly popular, though quite difficult, sport. Regular races usually take place in an outdoor track and are about 10 minutes long. Since the tracks are outdoors, the regular racing season is during the summer.
Triston has been racing for some time now; he started riding at age six and racing at seven. Some might find this unusually young, but most motocross professionals start as early as three or four. Years of practice are more than necessary as motocross is a challenging sport. “It takes training; it’s not just sitting on a bike and turning the throttle,” explained Triston. The sport also calls for “a lot of endurance. It’s tiring and the track gets rough.”
“It’s a lot of commitment and takes up a lot of your time,” said Triston. “Usually I’ll ride once or twice a week, and the closest track, Walton TransCan, is 40 minutes away. I have to run [in my spare time] to build up endurance.”
For inspiration, Triston looks to his idol Chad Reed, a professional motocross racer from Australia. Like Reed, Triston hopes to go pro one day but “it’s going to take a lot of practice and commitment,” he says. We, at STM, hope to hear "Triston Loeman, professional motocross racer" in the future!