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Snyders spur each other to success

Weimar brothers could be headed to pro ranks after stellar races at nationals
By: Joshua Ansley Journal Sports Writer
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Now at two different points in their lives, two Weimar brothers are looking to follow motocross as far as it can take them. At age 23, Kent Snyder has not ruled out going professional. He had two top five finishes at the Motocross Grand National Championship in Ponca City, Okla. At 14, Reid Snyder also has aspirations to go pro. He finished 10th and 11th overall in his two races. To make it to the main event, the riders spent four days trying to advance to the next race. After the 30-hour drive, and one day adjusting to the humidity, Kent said he had about 20 minutes to get a feel for the track before his first qualifying event. “We left a day early and drove straight through,” Kent said. “Once you get there and start racing, the heat gets to you and really makes you mentally tired.” Motocross is so physically demanding that there is rarely anyone racing competitively over the age of 30. At 23, Kent is considered an older rider. He returned to motocross a year ago after taking a bit of a hiatus from his glory days when he was the West Coast Arena Super Mini Champion at 15. After jumping back into competition a year ago, Kent’s third and fifth place finishes seem like quite an achievement, but Kent still wants more. “I wanted to win the whole thing,” he said. Kent and Reid’s father, Cord Snyder, figured all Kent needed was a little more practice. “I think if he had more time to prepare he would have won,” Cord said. Reid, who has been riding since he was 4, knows all about preparation. When he’s not spending time at the gym with his personal trainer, or riding two to three hours a day on his own, he and his brother will practice riding together. Reid said it was cool to watch his brother do well knowing how hard they compete against one another. “We usually will get out and push each other,” Reid said. Although Reid will often take the brunt of the pushing from his older brother. It’s understandable considering Kent was once in Reid’s position early in his career. With a lot more races under his belt he wants Reid to work a little harder “I give him a hard time,” Kent said. When Reid’s brother is not pushing him on the track, his dad ensures that Reid is getting it done off of it. “He’s been doing well training, but the deal is if you want to ride I don’t care how you finish, as long as you maintain your grades,” Cord said. This year was a new experience for Reid riding a bike that is larger and more powerful than what he’s ridden at events in the past. It was an impressive feat for him, finishing 10th overall against 136 others on a bike that he was just becoming familiar with. Following the nationals, both Reid and Kent have a lot to look forward too. For Reid, it’s about gaining more experience. For Kent, it’s about regaining his top form. “I am really proud of them and I always will be,” said Cord. “They really did well this year, and I am sure they’ll continue to do well.”