“We race through the woods” on bikes without speedometers, so the teen has no clue how fast he’s traveling. “The only time you’re going as fast as you can go is through the pits .... The higher the gear, the faster you’re going.” He usually sticks to the middle of six gears.
The athlete has convinced one other family member to participate. His dad “used to race before I was born, but got out of it. He’s always had a couple of four-wheelers.” Once the Batesville Middle School math teacher took a quad for a spin last year, he realized “it’s just really fun and he wanted to do it again.” The pair took part in a goofy father-son contest June 22, coming in second out of 46 teams. They alternated laps for an hour while fulfilling the requirement of displaying “some form of underwear.” So they switched off wearing a pair of lady’s panties.
Thanks to loads of safety gear, Pierson has never been injured seriously. He explains, “I’ll kind of wreck, but I’ve never broken any bones. There are some people who push past their limits, … but I ride within mine.”
The young man is on a winning streak. “This year I’ve gotten a plaque at every race. I’ve probably gotten 20-30” overall. His most memorable award came at 2011’s last race. Instead of just his father cheering Pierson on, all family members (mom Molly, sister Maddie, 13; and brothers Eli, 10; and Noah, 7) were there. “It was pretty cool” for them to witness his first win ever.
Pierson races a green Kawasaki KX100 in the youth division and a new red Honda CR250 in the adult category. He admits, “We put a lot of money into them. They’re really good running bikes .... I always know I’ve got a dependable bike to go out on.”