First off this is a praise thread. I love watching all Pro's. So let's just get that straight! This is going to be long winded. I apologize in advance!
I saw Mike C mention on twitter some props on Rusty Dial making semi's in his first Vet race. It got me thinking...
I think that Vet Pro is awesome to watch and I think it is great for all audiences.
Older Dudes: I know when I get older my goal will be to be a Vet Pro for at least a year. I can see that it would be rad to see dudes your age ripping it up and really put on a great show. Plus they are recognized for "Pro" status. They are some of the guys that are middle aged and still shredding. It's like if they didn't have a chance to be pro when they were younger or they recently found a love for racing they have an avenue! This isn't like the other sports where age plays a factor. These guys are getting faster every year and they are pushing their bodies harder to go faster at a time when you would think that they would be slowing down or maybe even on the other side of their physical peak. This class gets faster every year and the riding is progressing so much! It is great to see Father's racing as professionals and showing their kids great values like hardwork, determination and also HAVING FUN! These guys are serious but they seem to know that riding a bmx bike no matter what age we all want to go fast and have fun. But they get to race the best of the best in THEIR OWN age bracket. Not have to be a pro and race against hungry, nothing to lose 20 something year olds. I know that I want to be Vet one day just so I can say I put everything in against some of the fastest 30+ yr olds out there!
And that goes for saying a lot for the fast expert older age classes out there as well. They rip!
Teen to 20 somethings: It's rad to see them fast and shredding. I love watching them and knowing that even as I can not compete in the A Pro, AA pro ranks that if you still have a love for going fast and rubbing elbows that you will always have a class to race and still be a Pro. In all sports you hit your prime from 28-30ish. So after that it's all downhill. Not so in BMX, they have Pro practice and get to race in front of everybody. I think that is just the raddest thing. Because I know plenty of my friends who will be fast there whole lives and they might someday be one of those fast guys still riding their bike and loving it in Vet Pro.
Kids: Those pro's are some kids fathers. Who wouldn't love to see your dad still being a pro and telling your friends about it. I know that would be the coolest feeling to have that. I hope one day my child can see me and know that I race bicycles and I want to compete for the love and because you should always chase dreams and work as hard as possible to reach your dreams. I don't know I feel like it would have left a lasting impression on me as a child!
Wives: They probably hate it. LOL.
Disclaimer: I still have the utmost respect for the Older Age group experts 28 & over crowd. I think seeing them rubbing elbows and having fun at the end of the day is great. Seeing Gorgeous winning the cruiser crown was awesome and also hearing about how they wanted a 41 & over expert class and seeing it flourish and guys getting super stoked on having full racks of experts is awesome. It's also a great way to stay in shape and something to brag about with your friends.
But you know what I have the most respect for? Anybody who rides a bike and loves it. Kids, Moms, Daughters, etc. I think that BMX is the ultimate sport and it is great to see families proud of their racer whether it be young or old. We can all be proud of something that we can all hang out and have fun on our bikes with friends and family.
SHOOT! That was too much typing.
Cliff Notes: BMX is awesome.