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Aaron Saunders , Published July 07 2012

Family, friends compete at the Redline Cup BMX qualifiers at Elmwood Park

West Fargo

Three words can be used to describe the Redline Cup qualifiers held Saturday at Elmwood Park in West Fargo: a family affair.

Brothers and sisters, mothers and sons, fathers and daughters, neighbors and best friends all raced in the BMX qualifiers.

“The great thing about this is that we race each other hard, but at the end of the day we are friends and we congratulate each other,” said Deb Cave, who took third in the girls cruiser section while her friend and teammate Jackie Farland took fourth place.

Both riders compete for Pro Finish BMX team along with their husbands. Each also has a son – Zac Cave and Talen Farland – competing.

The team based out of Bismarck rides from May to October and is named after Jackie’s husbands business.

“We decided to do this to see how they felt when they race, but now we just go out there and try not to break anything,” said Jackie Farland, a Bismarck native. “There is a lot of sportsmanship in BMX, and when someone goes down everyone is concerned.”

Deb Cave’s son Zac, a sixth grader at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit school in Bismarck, came in second place in the 11-year-old intermediate.

“At states I am serious, but sometimes, I just do this to have fun,” said the younger Cave, who someday would like to compete in the Olympics for BMX. The sport will make its second appearance this summer in London.

The youngest member of the team is 7-year-old Talen Farland, who has been riding since last July.

“I fell on my butt the first time I went around,” said Talen, who was recruited by Zac. “My friend told me to join.”

The younger Farland took fourth in the 7-intermediate section and added that when he is on the track, he concentrates on winning.

Saturday was the first time for the moms on the West Fargo track, but not for the young men.

“This is something fun to do with the family and friends,” Jackie Farland said.

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Aaron Saunders at (701) 241-5549