Friday, August 1, 2008 Updated: August 4, 12:09 AM ET
Adaptation By Brian Kamenetzky
He came to win. And that's just what he did. Chris Ridgway takes gold.
On Thursday, adaptive Moto X rider Chris Ridgway told me he'd be miserable for a year if he couldn't take home gold in today's final. No worries. Ridgway built and kept a solid lead from the get go, taking the top spot in the X Games first Adaptive Moto racing event. The silver went to Shane Tacker, and Ricky James took the bronze.
For James, widely recognized as a pioneer in disabled motorcycle racing (and a leader in disabled sports generally), to see the sport represented on such a big stage was gratifying. "I never thought it would come to this level when I got back on a dirt bike and adapted it," he said. "Then I never thought I'd be jumping again, and now we're out on a supercross track. It's evolved so much, and it's just the beginning."
But there's no time to enjoy the medal for James. He left immediately following the event, heading for Irwindale to race trucks. After that, it's training for the Ironman in Hawaii: "For the next couple months it's just training in Hawaii. It's taking up all my time, but it's good though. Wake up every day, and go train. Ride my bike 90 miles, go swim two miles, and all that. It's fun."
Turns out, guys like James are incredibly inspirational. In this case, he's inspired me to feel incredibly lazy.