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Taos Academy student Bodie Swan clinches championship

By Sheila Miller
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 12/12/18

Most kids his age don't know how to ride a motorcycle, much less how to race one. Bodie Swan, 14, of Red River, however, decided at 3 years old that racing …

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Taos Academy student Bodie Swan clinches championship

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Most kids his age don't know how to ride a motorcycle, much less how to race one. Bodie Swan, 14, of Red River, however, decided at 3 years old that racing motorcycles was what he wanted to do. He's been doing it ever since.

As the young racers grow, so do the engines of their bikes.

In 2018 Swan raced a 250cc bike in the off-road motorcycle racing sport called enduro circuit. It's not a sport for the faint of heart. Race lengths range from 45 to 100 miles and cover exclusively natural terrain that may include desert or mountain trails with sand, rocks, logs, ledges and even water crossings.

The season can be as long as nine months and includes 12-14 races across Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Given the terrain and the length of the season, racers are subjected to temperatures from freezing to over 100 degrees.

Swan, known as "Bodie the Kid," managed to seize the 2018 Rocky Mountain Enduro Circuit Championship in the 16 and Under class even though he could only compete in six of the races. A December 2017 skiing accident left him healing a broken femur and unable to race for half the season.

In spite of his injury, Swan was determined to do well. He spent the time he was unable to race in the gym and on his practice track in Red River. Of the six races in which he competed, he won four of them and had podium finishes in the other two, earning him enough points for the championship. He was awarded the trophy at a ceremony in Denver, Colorado Nov. 10.

The intensity of his schedule forces Bodie to be efficient with his schoolwork and disciplined in his training. Though sometimes he occasionally trains with others in Española and Santa Fe, most of the time Swan faces himself on the track. "Every corner that I do," he says "when I get back to that corner, I push it even harder."

Swan knows he didn't get where he is without a lot of help, including a sponsorship from the Law Tigers Motorcycle Attorneys. In honor of that, he likes to give back, including teaching others to race motorcycles off-road. He can be reached through his Facebook page, "Bodie the Kid."

For anyone interested in learning to race bikes, Swan suggests: "Get a bike; put in hours; once you think you're pretty good, push yourself to be better."

His plans for 2019 include racing for a newly formed regional team. As for his goals, he'd really like not to break any more bones and hopes to earn another championship.

On becoming a champion racer, he says, "There are no secrets. Just lots of hard work."

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