Passion fueling 'old man' of BMX
IF 42-year-old Kris Lasure still has a lot of kid in him, it has nothing to do with age.
His inner-kid can be measured by passion.
That passion is on display every time Lasure climbs on a bike and competes at the Columbus BMX track. All around him, kids dominate the scene, challenging a course that at the very least jogs their entire body and at the very most can leave them in a crumpled heap on the ground.
Such a challenge doesn’t scare away Lasure, who simply has too much fun to quit. He said age is no factor.
“I have a blast each and every time I am out there racing on the track,” Lasure said. “Doing this can be exhausting on the legs, but it really keeps me young and fresh.”
He is so young and fresh that even the kids are impressed.
“He is very fast for his age,” said 12-year-old BMX racer Jacob Clapp. “It just pushes us to become even faster racers because most of us hate losing to him because he is so much older than us.”
If Lasure does turn a faster lap than some of his younger counterparts, he does whatever he can to get them faster.
“He tells me a lot of ways that I can go faster around the track,” Clapp said.
That’s just part of Lasure’s multiple duties. He serves as the Columbus BMX track operator, manages a Columbus BMX racing team and races himself.
After competing in motocross from 1991-97, Lasure switched to mountain bikes through 2005. He took time off from racing in 2006 after his son, Garrett, was born, and didn’t go back until 2011, when he returned to BMX.
When the position of track operator opened and was subsequently offered to him, he accepted.
“I treat the track like it is my baby,” Lasure said. “I come out and mow, weed-eat and prepare the track on race days. I don’t have time to go out and practice. Before races, I am always out working with the riders who are new to the track.
“A lot of credit should go to my staff. They help me out. Without them, these races would not be going on.”
Although Lasure pours so much time into his hobby, his wife, Marty Lasure, understands.
“All the kids look up to him because they all see how committed he is to racing,” she said. “He spends a lot of time making the track great for these kids to ride on. For them to ride on a track that does not have holes or rocks on it, it makes it that much safer for them. Everyone that comes out to race here loves our track, and that is all because of Kris’ hard work.”
With so much to do in such a short period of time, Columbus BMX President Chris Clapp is impressed by Kris Lasure’s ability to multitask.
“His hands are always full. I’m surprised he has the energy to do all of the things he does,” Chris Clapp said. “One second I see him cleaning the track and greeting newcomers, and then a couple seconds later he has his racing suit on, getting ready to race.”
Kris Lasure’s son, Garrett, who is now 9 years old, has inherited the racing passion that his father possesses.
“The first time I introduced this to Garrett, he just could not get enough of it and was hooked on it since,” Kris Lasure said. “He is always out practicing after the races, and it is nice to have a 9-year-old who has that kind of energy.”
Racing has become a great family bond for the Lasures. With Garrett being one of the top racers in the state in his age group, it might not be long until Kris can’t keep up with him.
“Probably not,” Kris Lasure said when asked if he can keep up with his son much longer. “He is only going to get faster when he gets to his teenage years, and I am not getting any younger, either.”
Measuring his dad’s passion, instead of years, Garrett Lasure might have his hands full for quite some time.
Article published by The Republic on July 10, 2015