Thursday, June 3, 2010
After 12 years of representing Hines Brothers Racing, Chase Hines will now race for the Blue Raiders.
Lindsey Wilson College cycling recently signed Hines to an NAIA scholarship. The 2010 Summerville High School graduate will compete in BMX, dual slalom, four cross and downhill for the Blue Raiders.
Switching from the BMX circuits to college racing means the veteran rider will have to make some adjustments, but both Hines and his new coach are confident the transition will be smooth.
ìPretty much Iíll just be on a different bike,î Hines said. ìThe tracks are a little different, but itís the same premise. The four cross and dual slalom events are similar to BMX. The speed involved with the downhill will take some getting used to, but I think once I get comfortable with a mountain bike Iíll be fine.î
For him, the scholarship is like a dream come true.
ìWhen I first started riding I never thought anything like this would be possible,î he said. ìThe chance to go to college and ride my bike is amazing. Some kids like football, some like basketball, I got my bike.î
Hines was the nation's top ranked cruiser in the 17-24 age division in 2009 and was ranked No. 3 in the world in 2004 as a 12 and under cruiser.
Lindsey Wilson coach David Grigsby told lindseyathletics.com he is excited to see how Hines can help his team, saying, ìChase is one of the most well liked and respected young racers in the sport of BMX. His family runs Hines Brothers Racing, which is one of the top NBL National teams in the nation and home to about 30 top racers. Ö Chase is the kind of rider that is so well-rounded on and off the bike. He reminds me of another one of our stars, Clayton Omer, and I am so excited to see him bring his game to our squad in the fall."
Collegiate cycling, particularly BMX, seems to be gaining in popularity. Todd Hines, Chases father and HBR founder, estimates that more than half of colleges nationwide have cycling programs. This summer marks the first time there will be a collegiate BMX national championship, which will be on the club level.
Lindsey Wilson College wasnít able to offer Chase a full ride, but his father said when combined with the academic assistance Chase qualifies for the offer is substantial enough. A BMX advocate for several years, he is glad to see some opportunities opening up for young riders.
ìWhen I first talked with David I figured their offer wasnít really going to be enough for us to send Chase to Kentucky for college but they surprised me,î he said. ìWe are excited about it. He already knows some of the kids on the team. He likes the coach and they have one of the best cycling programs in the country. It couldnít have turned out any better for us.î
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