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Cyclocross racer rides on

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The third annual Gearhead Outfitters Cyclocross Race took place on Sunday.

Sixteen year old Dub Sorrells began his passion for cyclocross racing after his dad encouraged him to join him in a cyclocross race and since then, the rest is history.

"I was actually alright for my age and then once I started racing more often and more regularly they got me a cyclocross bike and I went up to nationals in Kansas City, Kansas and raced nationals and came into 14th out of 21st in my age group  and it just kind of started after that," said Sorrells.

He doesn't ride everyday but he does his best to take full advantage of days where riding his bike is the only thing on his to-do list.

"I mean I try to when I can a lot of times like after school I get home late and I can't but whenever it's a day like this I can just go out and ride 15 or 20 miles."

Racing on a mile course with hills and obstacles along the way takes a lot of endurance and motivation, Sorrells concentrates on thing at a time to keep his focus and his strength

"When I'm really tired I look at the person in front of me and I think catch him and its just one person at a time don't try to think too much about it or don't try to push too much to do something if you know you'll put out too much energy and burn out later."

While he is racing his Dad cheers him on, giving him words of encouragement along the way.

"He's the one if I'm slowing down and he can see that he'll tell me to keep going, you're only 10 seconds back, I know you can catch him, you know you can catch him and just keep going."

Sorrell has high hopes for the future. He plans to take his skills to the next level and someday compete nationally.

"I plan to keep doing it as long as I can and just trying to keep getting better and better and not do so many local races and try to travel."

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