POTLATCH — When 25-year-old Cody Holzer of Lewiston got up on Saturday morning, he did not anticipate entering that day’s Potlatch supercross program at all, let alone coming out on top in the 250/450cc Professional race that headlined it.
Not that he wasn’t warmed up by the time he arrived.
“Me and my dad and brother-in-law and a buddy of ours went riding all day,” said Holzer, who won a 200 percent payback of participants’ entry fees with his first place finish. “We just got back from a trail ride and saw there wasn’t very many guys signed up for the 450 Pro race, and Eric (Christiansen) thankfully let me in to ride like a quick four-lap practice.”
Holzer, who has been riding supercross bikes for 20 years, topped a pair of familiar foes in Moscow’s Pat Mclam and hometown favorite Jarrod Hamburg of Potlatch.
“We’ve raced a lot of local and out-of-town races together, so we know each other well,” he said. “So we can compete.”
In amateur competition, five-year-old Ryker Reynolds was dominant at the smallest bike classification with first-place finishes in the 50 Beginner and 50 Open races, while older sister Payton matched his two titles with wins of her own at 85 Beginner and 85 Junior (“Woman race fans cheer on!” announcer Doug Miller instructed). Veteran and former pro competitor Joel Doupe prevailed in the Working Man’s race, in which jumps were prohibited.
This was the second supercross event held at the new site behind Potlatch’s Scenic 6 Park, where Christiansen’s EC Enterprises relocated its headquarters after splitting with the management of the Lewiston Roundup Grounds.
Christiansen noted with pride that he had received only positive feedback about the track, which had been freshly reworked since the inaugural event on June 9 and featured several sizable dirt slopes for the riders to climb and build momentum for jumps. A set of small ridges close together toward the middle of its winding course caused cyclists to tilt forward and backward rapidly in a seesaw motion. Outward-facing speakers surrounding the track played primarily country western music as backing for the races and entertainment during intermissions.
“It’s awesome to see him still pushing through to do events,” Holzer said of Christiansen. “It’s really huge for our motorcycle community to be able to come out and have an event like this that’s close to home and obviously there’s still tons of people that are supporting him and supporting what he wants to do.”
There are no more supercross events scheduled to be held in Potlatch for the remainder of the year, but a demolition derby is slated there for July 20.
125/250 Beginner — Jacob Venzke
125/250 Junior — Kelly Young
250/450 Intermediate — Seth Beaver
250/450 Pro — Cody Holzer
250/450 Beginner — Aaron Quiring
50 Beginner — Ryker Reynolds
50 Junior — Ellie Austad
50 Open — Ryker Reynolds
65 Beginner — Casen Jeppsen
65 Junior — Payton Reynolds
65 Open — Payton Reynolds
85 Beginner — Chase Beckner
85 Junior — Evan Matthews
85 Open — Luke Winkler
Veteran 30-plus — Pat McLam
Veteran 40-plus — Jake Hamburg
Working Man — Joel Doupe