Team Faith Race Report - Chilliwack Jan. 10th

January 14, 2009

Submitted by:  Josh Snider

Once again, I was fortunate to be able to attend the Nex-Trax Arenacross race in Chilliwack, B.C. This was the final weekend of the 8 round series; I missed the other rounds due to my usual winter job on the oilrigs in Northern Alberta. This weekend, I was excited to ride because I had not been on a bike in along time, but I was suffering a bit of "rig lag". It seems that working 12 hours a day in -40 degree weather for two weeks and just coming off a week of night shift makes the body not perform the way it potentially could.

Friday, I was able to pray with the Amateurs before their practice; Saturday, I had a devotional with the amateurs, along with some pros, and talked about our evil nature that is within us, even though we have started a new life with Christ. I used the example of Motocross; we can leave it for months or years and when we return to it, our body remembers what it is we used to do on the bike. The same is true with our evil nature - it too remembers what it used to do before we became new with Christ. I used verses to explain more from Romans 7:21-23, and 1 Peter 5:6-9.

During practice on Friday, I felt good on the bike, aside from becoming fatigued very quickly and being unable to keep my mind focused on racing. Later, I misjudged a simple section of the track and cart wheeled my body to the ground. Ya, I was embarrassed, and sore!

During the first night of racing, I qualified for both the AX Lite and the AX Open classes. My starts weren't my best in the main events, but I rode the best that I could.

Unfortunately, I don't have any exciting passes or battles to report about, but I finished 8th in the AX Lite class and 6th in the AX Open class overall.

The second night of racing was more eventful than the first. I got a good start in the AX Lite qualifier and had some pressure from another rider behind me, making contact a couple of times per lap. But in the end, I finished 3rd. In my AX Open qualifier, another rider and I got tangled, causing 3 of us to go down in the first turn. I was able to get going quickly and still qualified. For the Ax Lite main event, I rode strong and consistent, finishing one place better than the night before in 7th place. In the AX Open main event, I was not doing as good, but I was having fun racing with another rider! However, on the last lap I was black flagged; the officials were pulling me off the track due to my muffler that had come lose and was falling off my bike. This put me back in last place.

All in all, it was a great weekend on both the racing and ministry fronts. Any chance to ride and be able to minister and help others at the track is a great opportunity.

Once again, I have to thank the Carlson family for helping me get to the race - providing me with a bike, the opportunity to share our faith with others, and providing a place to stay.

Also, I would like to thank my sponsors who make things possible for Team Faith: friends and family for their prayers and donations, as well as Mainland Sand and Gravel ltd., New-Way Motorsports, Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Friesen Plastic Products ltd. Wild West Fencing inc., Fly Racing and Enzo Racing