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GWUOHS Andrew Putt world-class MotoTrial Rider.

Peters Township native is no easy rider

February 10, 2017 12:00 AM

By Joe Bendel / Tri-State Sports & News Service

As he perched his motorcycle along a trail in Howard, Colo., Andrew Putt made the mistake of looking to his right.

What the teen from Peters Township saw was harrowing. A cliff, 40 feet above ground, was a foot from him.

“It was a long way down,” Putt said, with necessary emphasis. “I was mortified. I rode it cleanly, but it was hard not to think about that huge drop.”

Such is life for a professional MotoTrials rider of Putt’s pedigree.

A senior at George Washington University Online High School, Putt is ranked No. 3 nationally, despite being at least five years younger than anyone in the top 10.

No. 1 Marc Freixa of Spain is 37 and No. 2 Patrick Smage of Elkhorn, Wis., is 26.

“The guys like to pick on me because of my age, but it’s all in fun,” said Putt, 17, who was schooled in the Peters Township district until the eighth grade.

In MotoTrials, competitors ride specialized, seat-less cycles while navigating seemingly impossible 12-section courses. The terrain includes everything from boulders to slopes to logs to streambeds. The goal is to avoid crashing, stalling or touching the ground with one’s foot during the five- to eight-hour competitions.

Judges determine how well a rider navigates each section. A score of zero represents an error-free ride. As in golf, the lowest score wins. A champion is crowned at the end of the season, which runs from April to September.

This story was first published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the full article can be read HERE