Every sport has its ever so certain holy grail; the highest of all platforms, and places to perform if you will. It is there, that the strongest of competitors come to battle, looking to dethrone any, and everyone who gets in their way. To be among the first few to cross the line, is beyond applaud worthy; and most, would be satisfied with that. Caden Braswell, however, expects more of himself. Anything less than the sweet taste of gold, will cause his appetite to yearn for more. Following his performance at Loretta Lynn’s (outstanding, from the outside looking in), he’s shown that he’s not stopping until he reaches the summit. We wanted a word with Caden following his recent assault on the amateur national tour, and were fortunate enough to hear from him. Here’s what he had to say, below.
We last spoke in the spring, prior to your regional at Gatorback; how high was your confidence after your performance at one of the toughest events of the year?
I was feeling pretty good about the regional. I finished first in one of my classes, and I got a second and third in the other two.
From that point on, where were you doing your training, before the commencement of the dude ranch?
I took a couple weeks off to recharge my batteries and then it was right back to work at SOBMX! I love it there. The dirt is awesome and Taylor Futrell is really great to work with. Pretty cool place.
Were there any specific aspects of your training you were focusing on? Stamina? Starts?
It was mostly stamina working into Loretta’s. It’s the longest race of the year and probably the gnarliest.
Upon arrival to the ranch, describe to us your feelings; anxious? Eager? Calm?
I felt good coming into LL. I would say confident, but a little nervous; it is the biggest race of the year.
You rode beyond spectacular in Tennessee; summarize your results, and how the week went for you.
You know LL, was what it was this year. I ended up with a 5th and 6th overall in my classes. Not my best week at the ranch, but not my worst ether. I wasn’t too stoked, not sure I’ll ever be really happy until I win, and I will win!!
Since the conclusion of the event, you’ve rode at various races throughout the Southeast, venturing into the Supermini class; how is the new division treating you?
Supermini is great. The class is fast and it’s always fun to move up and challenge yourself. I look forward to mixing up with the older kids this year. It should be good.
You then went west to Oklahoma, to compete in The Motoplayground Race at Ponca City; once again you rode superb. How do you feel you rode against the stiff competition?
Ponca was awesome. Great race!! I took a pretty good digger in my first moto, and blacked my eyes jacking my face up in the process, but hey “I’m still gonna send it “ LOL. I ended up saving the weekend, and landing on the podium with a 2nd overall.
Are we getting ready for Mini O’s? Are you looking forward to the Supercross or motocross portions of the event more?
Training now for Mini O’s and I’m pretty excited. I really like Mini O’s, both the Supercross and the motocross. The best part is that everyone is there; all my friends from the entire country. Everyone races the event, and it’s pretty cool.
Anything else for the rest of 2017? Or are we hanging out for the holidays?
Maybe the Arizona Open, but I’m not sure yet. We are discussing things right now, we will see.
Going into 2018, what are your goals and aspirations?
2018 will be different for me. Changing some things up a bit. I’m excited and a little nervous but I think it will be good. You know what they say; can’t keep doing the same things over and over and expect a different result. So we’re changing some parts of our program to hopefully get to where I want to be!!!
Who would you like to thank for helping you get thus far in your career?
I have to thank God first as he’s always there and never lets me down. My mom and dad for sure they are my biggest supporter. Rob Fox at Dunlop he always believed in me from way back. Tim and Jesse at TLD, man those guys take great care of me and make sure I’m looking fresh on and off the track. Hedgie at Oakley, he’s one of the realest dudes out there and always takes care of me and the family. Alpinestar Boots. Joel at FMF for aways coming through. Gregg Lynk for keeping my bikes ripping. Billy at Powerband for making my bike handle flawless. Jared at Backyard Designs for printing the sickest graphics out there. The guys at Mika, as they’re a great company with really awesome products. Bob, Joe, Bobby, Chance everyone at Nihilo there awesome been with those guys for a long time. Ryan and Mike from SOBMX they’ve done more then anyone really knows for my family and me; couldn’t be here with out them. I also want to think Jeff Cernic and Suzuki for the support. Jeff came through in a pinch and it really helped out. Thanks everyone, Caden