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South Park freshman BMX rider excels on national stage

| Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, 7:48 p.m.
South Park freshman Cameron Bramer will compete at the grand nationals later this month.
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South Park freshman Cameron Bramer will compete at the grand nationals later this month.

Cameron Bramer, a freshman at South Park High School, has come a long way since he began riding BMX bikes at 8 years old.

So much so that he's now among the best racers in the nation.

This year at the Stars & Stripes National event, which was hosted at the South Park BMX track, Bramer “threw down some perfect laps among some of the best riders in the country to accomplish a rare national trifecta,” said Rhonda Bramer, his mother.

Bramer won all three classes in a single day. He began by winning in his Open class title, where he competed against older riders, following that with wins in both the Cruiser and Expert classes.

“To win one main event is great, two is definitely worth bragging about, but three main events in one day is pretty awesome,” Cam said.

When Cam is out there he has no fear; he puts on his music and tries not to think about the race, keeps his legs warmed up prior to his races and always wears his cross as his good luck charm.

Cam, isn't the only racer in the family. He followed in the footsteps of his father, Jim, who raced in the 1980's and recently got back into it. Cam's two brothers also race competitively.

“It keeps me young, always riding together, having fun and making memories,” Jim said.

Fast may be an understatement for some of the feats Cam has faced. As an “expert” racer he is sometimes going as fast as 30 mph and hitting some challenging jumps en route to a Top-10 national ranking in one class and Top-20 in another.

He competes all over the country and trains daily to prepare for the USA BMX Grand National Championship, also known as “the Greatest BMX race on Earth.”

The race is being held over Thanksgiving weekend in Tulsa, Okla. and will feature more than 3,000 participants competing indifferent age groups.

In preparation for the “Grands” he is training at the South Park track and the indoor bike park in Pittsburgh, The Wheel Mill.

Cam's goal is to finish in the top 8 at Grands and to compete at the World Championships as a BMX Pro in 2017 in Rockhill, S.C. Competing in the Olympics is also one of his dreams.

After a great year of racing Cam accepted a Factory Team Sponsorship representing Black Crown BMX for the 2015 and ‘16 seasons alongside current co-sponsors Dan's Comp, Profile, SNAFU, The Wheel Mill, Liberty Sport and Camp Three Clothing.

Dvonya Sedlacko is a freelance writer.

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