Cross training leads to series success

Tavin Krutop. Photo supplied.

Tavin Krutop prevails in arenacross series

Practising his skills on a snow bike rather than a dirtbike like his fellow competitors, 10-year-old Tavin Krutop didn’t let it stop him from excelling in the Canadian Arenacross Championship series in Chilliwack, B.C.

Krutop finished the early February series second overall in his age class and fifth overall in the 65cc Open category.

“For Tavin it’s hard, he goes from snow and minus whatever to hop on your dirtbike and race,” said his dad, Jeremy Krutop.

The young competitor travelled to the Lower Mainland for eight series races. Going two days early to get training in, he and his dad battled mechanical issues due to changing climates and the bikes freezing.

“We thought we had his bike running good when it was here. It’s so cold I’d take it for a rip up and down the road just to try it out, and we’d get down there, and it just wouldn’t run because of the temperature change,” he said.

Already sponsored by RTR Performance and Powder Ventures Excavating, Tavin’s success in the arenacross series didn’t go unnoticed and he signed a sponsorship deal with Parts Canada and Alpinestars.

Now they’re preparing for the summer’s outdoor series competitions as Jeremy recognized if Tavin weren’t racing in the arenacross events, he would be off for six months.

The upcoming Future West Moto Spring Championships and outdoor series are Tavin’s preferred race series. He said he finds them easier and he feels more prepared than the arenacross series.

The Krutops will continue his snow bike training, heading out into the backcountry as much possible before his first outdoor series competition April 13.