Alyssa Droog races at national meet
By Jay Davis
Mobridge racer Alyssa Droog ventured into the unknown when she competed at the 2014 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Hills, Tenn., last week.
“It was awesome,” said Droog. “It was a very good experience.”
Droog finished the middle of the pack, placing 29th out of 43 riders, but it was not the results as much as the learning experience that mattered most.
She raced in three motos (heats) over the course of the week. The races were a departure from what she is used to racing in the North Dakota circuit. The races were 20 minutes each as compared to the 10-minute races she is accustomed to.
“It was definitely a learning experience,” said Droog. “I was intimidated and tired, but by the third moto I was ready to go for 30 minutes.”
She said that early on she had to keep reminding herself that she belonged there.
Another part of the experience was finding out about the other competitors. She said many of the girls were pros or near pros. Many of them live in southern states like Florida where they can ride and train every day. Some had sponsorships that allowed them to concentrate on their sport without the worry of a 40-hour workweek.
Droog said she learned that there are some things she needs to do differently in her training. One of the big things is changing her training so her body can better adapt to competing in longer races in hotter and more humid weather.
Does she want to venture back into the world of national motocross again in the future?
“I do!” said Droog.
Making the trip to the nationals to watch her race were her parents, Kerry and Barb Droog of Mobridge, grandparents Preston and Diane Droog of Mobridge and uncle and aunt Ron and Deb Droog of Aberdeen.