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Holiday cheers await young BMX rider

December 06, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

Like most youngsters, Cody Lynn can't wait for Christmas Day.

But the days following Dec. 25 should bring an even wider smile to the face of the talented BMX rider.

Lynn, of Hagerstown, is set to compete against some of the best riders in the country at the President's Cup on Dec. 27 and the Christmas Classic on Dec. 27-28. Both indoor events will be held in Columbus, Ohio.

Lynn, who turns 12 Saturday, will compete in the 12-year-old Expert Division in Columbus.

The Northern Middle School sixth-grader has had a terrific year and would like nothing better than to finish the 2007 campaign on a good note.

He has won state championships in Maryland and Virginia in the Novice Division age groups and finished second in his age group at the Northeast Regional competition in Woodward, Pa.

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In August, he was invited to the Grand Championships in Louisville, Ky. He made it to the semifinals of the 11-year-old Expert Division before being defeated.

At the Northeast Regionals in September, he received an unexpected bonus - being selected as a member of the prestigious Factory Felt Team, an honor accorded to only the very best in the sport.

"It's a year-round commitment," said Sherman Lynn, Cody's father. "Cody competes in the outdoor season from March to October and also the indoor season the rest of the year. Many of the outdoor events are held at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds. We also travel to Cumberland and Winchester, Va., some."

Sherman says BMX competition is not as nationally recognized now as it will be. The sport will be added to the 2008 Summer Olympics.

There are three divisions: Rookie, Novice and Expert. Cody moved to the Expert group in July after attaining much success in the Novice Division.

"Moving to the Expert Division and being a member of the Factory Felt Team, this is a big challenge for Cody," Sherman said of the Columbus competition. "He continues to show improvement, I think he will do all right."

When not riding bikes, Cody plays football for the Dolphins of the Washington County Junior Football League and baseball for Funkstown American Legion.

He is also plays drums for the jazz band at his school.

"He's been involved with the bikes for three years now," said Bonnie Lynn, Cody's mother. "One day, he saw some kids riding bicycles at the Fairgrounds and wanted to get involved. He practices every Wednesday and Friday at the Fairgrounds and rides his bike the other days. He really loves riding."

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