You could say racing is hereditary in the Campbell family. Matriarch, Denise Ortiz-Campbell, showed who wears the pants in the family, racing pants that is, when she secured her place in the national rankings with a strong finish at the American Bicycle Association (ABA) Grand National races held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in November. Mama Campbell finished up the 2009 racing season with a N.A.G. (National Age Group) number 6 title in the 41-45 Girls Cruiser class.
The Campell family reflect everything the BMX sport is all about. BMX welcomes all ages and genders and promotes a healthy family activity. No one sits on the bench in this sport.
Mama Campbell, who hails from the local Redmond race track, Smith Rock BMX, took up racing about 4 years ago joining her daughter and son on the track. Her high school daughter, Cheyanne, a top girl competitor in her age group, and her middle-school son Zakkary, also a top district rider, have supported her throughout her trek to finish top in the nation. Cheyanne, always proud of her mom, boasts "My Mom can beat your Mom"! But probably her biggest supporter, and number one fan, is husband and BMX Hex Northwest Team Manager, Jim Campbell. Not to be left out, Jim too jumped on a bike this last year and just finished earning his first district jacket.
After working all day, her evenings are filled with training and practices with her family and team members. Mama Campbell learned the ropes competing against top riders in Reno, Nevada, Bakersfield, California, Salt Lake City, Utah, and of course right here in Redmond, Oregon, at the Great Northwest Nationals. Those who know Mama Campbell are already aware when she sets her mind on something she gets it done. She accomplished her phenominal racing success this season while also returning to school and finishing her college degree.
There's no break for the determined as Mama Campbell and her crew are busy training to compete in the first national of 2010 back in Reno, Nevada. Her goal for this year, she'd like to be in the top three. That said, we can expect to see her on the podium, and for those 41-45 lady cruisers , watch out, you're about to get passed.