EVANSVILLE, INDIANA — The River City Bicycle Classic in Garvin Park showcases some of the top cyclists in the Midwest, but Saturday afternoon, some of the top cyclists of the future took their place on the race course.
“It was very hot, but it was fun,” Ella Rawdon, 8, said.
For many of the tykes on bikes, this passion for cycling has been passed down from generation to generation.
“He had a bicycle before he was one year old,” biker and grandfather Bob Kay said of his 3-year-old grandson competing in the kid’s race. “It’s definitely a passion for me and my grandson and I have an older son and he just started racing also. We all love bikes.”
For the Rawdon sisters, they’re biking in honor of their grandfather who died two years ago after a battle with brain cancer.
“It’s a family tradition a little bit because my husband was on the team,” Carol Hudson, the girls’ grandmother, said.
While their grandfather may not be riding anymore, the girls race in his stead with their proud mother and grandmother cheering them on.
“Last year, I came in last place, but this year, I came in first place,” Ella said.
“It’s a lot faster than walking or running,” Maddie Rawson, 10, said.
“I’m just really proud of them that they go out and do it,” Hudson said. “They didn’t all win their race. It doesn’t matter if you win. You’re just competing.”