There are many reasons for Garrison Calta to love BMX racing: family tradition, competition, racing against the best riders in the country. But, one stands out.
“When the gate drops and you fly down, it’s one of the best feelings,” said Calta. “The people that you meet and the excitement that you have is just awesome.”
Calta, a 7th grader at Windsor Central Middle School, will race this weekend at the NYS BMX State Finals in Shoreham, Long Island. He enters the competition 2nd in the state in the 24” bike division and 8th in the 20” bike division. He will race on the Ridin’ Revolutions with his brothers, Deemer and Jerrick Decker, and his cousin Corbin Evans.
The family connections to racing run deep. His parents own the Champion BMX track in Owego. His sister Aliceon, a 2018 Windsor CHS graduate, raced throughout her childhood. Garrison has been racing since he was eight years old.
“Racing kind of fell into me, and I love it,” said Calta.
As well as competing for individual titles, Calta will be part of a team that could have a successful weekend in Long Island. Deemer Decker is a favorite for the state championship plate for the 16-year-old Cruiser (24”) class and to be in the top 4 for the 20" class for 16-year-old experts in
New York State.
Jerrick Decker is a 3rd grader at CR Weeks and is ranked 2nd in 8-year-old boys Cruiser and 6th in 8-year old-boy experts for New York State. 11-year-old Corbin Evans is ranked 13th in 20" class and 4th in 11-year-old boys for the 24" Cruiser class. Garrison’s father, Rick, is ranked 4th in Cruiser and is tied for 2nd in class on 20".
Garrison is hoping for success for himself and his team this weekend.
“I’ve been training hard. There’s a lot of fast kids there: crazy, insane fast. I just need to do what I know needs to be done. No monkey business. Race mode,” said Calta.