The focus has been on motocross over the last year for Litchfield 10-year-old Cam Bone, but the 2020 AMA National Hill Climb champion showed on Aug. 7-8 that he still has what it takes.
On a sloppy hill at the Valley Springs Motorcycle Club in Bay City, WI, Bone finished second overall in the 2021 AMA National Hill Climb Championships, finishing behind Charlie Engnes, who was also named the AMA hill climb youth rider of the year.
“The kid who placed ahead of him has been climbing his whole life on that hill. It’s his home hill. He is on his last year of 65cc and this is Cam’s first year on it,” Cam’s mom, Stacey Bone said. “They fought hard and long in that nasty, slop show! So beyond proud of all of the riders! They all did phenomenal job!”
After the event, Bone, who also finished 16th in the 85cc class, received a compliment and a prediction from pro rider Bodee O'Neil, a three-time AMA Hillclimb Racer of the Year.
"You can hold a straight line better than half these riders. Even the adult riders," O'Neil told Bone according to Stacey Bone. "You're a lot faster than I was at your age. Keep it up and never give up. You'll go pro one day, no doubt."
While going pro is still a long way away, O'Neil's words definitely boosted the young Litchfield racer's confidence.
Noyes Family Racing
The Bones weren’t the only ones to make the trip to Nationals in Wisconsin as the Noyes family of Hillsboro also had three riders compete in the event.
After watching Little Miss Old Settlers Myrah Noyes ride in this year’s parade, the family made a flying trip to Wisconsin Thursday night, Aug. 5, in time for a rider’s meeting on Friday.
Brothers Wyatt and Wayde Noyes both finished in the top 10 in their respective classes, with Wyatt finishing sixth out of 28 riders and Wayde finishing eighth. Their dad, Robby, also competed and was 12th out of 34 riders after day one, but slipped slightly in day two.