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Folsom bikers ride well at Summer Nationals

By: Jim Stiles
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The ABA Summer Nationals of the Pro-UCI Series was held at Oak Creek BMX Park in Roseville over the weekend. The event is one of the large nationals and drew top pro and amateur BMX riders from all over the U.S. On Saturday, Blake Paulson from Folsom was dominant. He qualified for the main by easily winning each of his motos. In the main he took the holeshot and led the entire race for a comfortable two-bike-length win in the 15-year-old Expert class. Paulson is ranked seventh nationally and attended at the Olympic Training Center earlier this year. Younger brother Chase Paulson, racing in the 9-year-old Intermediate class, mounted some exciting comeback finishes to either win or take second in each of his motos. In the main he drew an outside gate and had to fight through the crowd to gain a decent position in the first turn, from there he battled in the front-running crowd taking second in the stretch. Folsom racer George Stephenson applied his considerable talent by riding his mountain bike to place second in the 26-30 year old Cruiser class. Stephenson also teaches BMX and Mountain biking for Folsom Parks and Recreation. Folsom single-A pro, Riley Stair qualified for the main but found himself in the middle of the pack into the first turn, he gambled on a high line and went off the track. Visibly upset he left the track and did not finish.