A wild ride

Alexis Alden secured victory as number two BMX rider in the world
Alden has big goals for her future in the sport: I plan to become world one, Alden said.
Alden has big goals for her future in the sport: “I plan to become world one,” Alden said.
August Moss

This summer, while some of us were relaxing, on vacation or working junior Alexis Alden was setting records in her BMX division. 

“I am now the second best in the world for BMX in my age group for both of my bikes,” Alden said. 

Alden spent the first few weeks of August competing in Glasgow, Scotland, at the UCI BMX World Championships.

This time last year, Alden was number seven in the world. 

“I was in France last year around July and I prepared not as much for that as I did this year,” Alden said. “Last year, it [the race] took a toll on me because I didn’t do as good as I wanted to because I got crashed out, so mentally I wasn’t there in that race, so I ended up getting seventh in the world,” Alden said.

Like athletes in any other sport, Alden has built up her career over the years through hard work, practice and dedication.

“My dad did motocross before I was born and his friend owned a bike shop and he was wondering what these bikes were so he let us run it and we took a track that was like ten minutes away from our house and we just loved it. Me and my brother [have] loved it ever since,” Alden said. 

“Mentally, I wasn’t there in my race so I got crashed out,” Alden said. (August Moss)

Balancing school and other responsibilities is heavily a part of high school culture, and no less is this true for Alden.

“I try to not let it take a toll on me because I tell my dad ‘Hey, I cannot do two hours of practice.’ Sometimes I have to skip it. It does affect [me] not practicing because I actually have a race this weekend coming up and I haven’t practiced at all this week. It’s going to be a little different because I’ve had so much school,” Alden said. 

BMX is not as common as other sports like football. Finding a mentor who understands the ins and outs could have been challenging, however Alden has her friend Carly Kane, another rider in her sport.

“[Kane is] super strong. When you crash it affects you, but she gets back up. She continues to train, she doesn’t throw her career away. She goes back, and fights for it even more,” Alden said.

As she approaches her senior year, Alden’s goals look a bit different from the average high school student.

 “I plan to become world one. Honestly just do better over the whole year and maybe mainly work on mentally winning because it’s way easier to be hard on yourself than positive,” Alden said.

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August Moss, Staff
August Moss is a first year Trail staffer and in her second year on the Legend yearbook staff, this year operating as senior editor. Moss is a Georgia REACH scholar. She served in the McIntosh theater department as stage manager for “Something Funny Happened On the Way to the Regional One Act Competition” and “Mamma Mia.” She served on crew for “She Kills Monsters” and “Footloose.” She acted in “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Very Still and Hard to See.” She was a Thespian Officer for the 2022-2023 school year. She was a volunteer member with the SAYA program for 2020-2021. She has served as a Sources Of Strength member since 2021 and this year she is a leader on the leadership team. Moss has many passions, but her faith trumps them all. You’ll find her singing in her church's worship band, serving in the children's ministry and always carries her bible full of notes with her.
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