Tidey: Getting “smoked” is definitely a good learning experience. It usually gets them pumped for the next race. Some of the top riders now were the ones that got their butts handed to them time after time when they first started. I remember a rider laying face down at the finish line bawling his eyes out cause he fell and was embarrased. Now he’s a factory sponsored racer whom almost nobody can catch. That was about 4 or 5 years ago.
A statement my son made several years ago just after he turned expert has stayed with me ever since. He said “the more I lose, the faster I get.” I thought it was one of the best comments ever made about moving up, racing, and life in general.