BMX pro, Joey Leto, raced at the Carolina Nationals in Rock Hill on Friday, March 31st – April 2nd. Leading up to the race, Leto had been invited to the USA Cycling Prep camp where he rode with the US national team to prep for the race. The Camp went great and he learned a lot from some of the greatest athletes and coaches in the sport. Going into the weekend Leto was feeling well-prepared and had the race track figured out. The track was a bit more technical than some of the other tracks on the USA BMX circuit. The Third straight was a rhythm section that was steep and tall making it easy to make a mistake.
Friday is always a long day and racing goes into the night. The day started great for Leto. He finished 1st, 3rd, and 1st in the 3 qualifying rounds. This gave him a good gate pick going into the quarter. He didn’t do as well in the quarter but still finished in 4th which qualified him for the semi-finals. Leto had a great start in the semi-final and qualified for the main event. “Racing the main on Friday is always cool because we race at night underneath the lights,” said Leto. The crowd was wild Friday night and he felt great to be in the final with such an energetic audience. He placed 3rd in the final making it onto the podium.
“This is my 2nd USA BMX elite podium and first podium from a supercross hill” Joey Leto said. “There were 43 total riders on Friday and making it onto the podium in such a stacked field is a feeling I will remember forever.”
Saturday was very challenging for Joey Leto. There were winds up to 40mph making it dangerous and difficult to race in. Leto crashed in the qualifying rounds which ended his day early on Saturday. He was not injured and was able to get some more rest to finish the weekend strong.
Sunday the conditions were much better. Leto had strong qualifying rounds and made it to the final again. “It felt great to be back in the final and get redemption on a bad day Saturday”, Leto said. Unfortunately, he crashed again on Sunday in the main. There was a rider who crashed right in front of him causing him to crash. “I had a strong gate in the main and rode well all day so I was happy with the day overall.”
“Overall this was one of my best weekends to date and I am happy to be representing Route while I race, said Leto. “My next race is in Tulsa Oklahoma and I can’t wait to line up again with support from Route.”