As 13-year-old Cole Reaves approached the starting line, he was taunted by his older opponents.
“Hey, kid! You’re on the wrong line!”
“Get outta here!” the 20-year-olds hollered. “You’re gonna get buried.”
But the reserved McCarroll Middle School seventh grader just clutched his brand-new – but smaller – dirt bike and brushed off the trash-talk.
“No, this is my race,” he said.
He proved it. Reaves zipped past the 21 competitors – which is a huge race, the family points out – in a TCCRA (Texas Cross Country Racing Association) event March 3 in Archer City.
“He smoked them,” his grandmother, LeAnne Reaves, said. “Cole was in the trailer changing clothes when second place came in. Cole’s grandad heard some of the parents saying that their kid was first and so-and-so was second. Wrong.
“They were second and third,” she continued. “Only the flag man knew who won because no one was even at the finish line yet when Cole crossed it. They said they’d never seen anything like it.”
The win was his second for the day. For the first race, none of his competitors showed up. But Cole had to make the run and get timed.
“Obviously, he won,” LeAnne said.
In the next race, Cole raced his brand-new 2013 Action Motorsport KTM 105sx bike.
“Before the race he said, ‘This is the fastest bike I have ever been on’,” said his dad, Rollie. “So, a big thanks to Craig Martin at Action.”
The aforementioned wins are just a sample of the young rider’s success. Read more about his accomplishments in past Messenger articles – “Lettin’ dirt fly: Teen continues racing gold,” Dec. 19, 2012; “Reaves leading the pack,” March 13, 2011; and “Born to Ride: Reaves looks to finish perfect in TORO season,” Feb. 17, 2008.
“As Cole’s Grammy, I’m very proud,” LeAnne said. “I just wish it was golf, tennis or ping-pong. Or hey, what’s wrong with chess or maybe knitting?”