It was love-at-first-sight when fourteen years ago, senior twins Brad and Alyssa Bollman went to their first motocross race. When the twins were only four years old they watched their dad's friend race in a local motocross competition, since then they immediately knew that racing was what they wanted to do. "We watched our dad's friend race and we just fell in love with it," Brad Bollman said. About a week after the race, their dad bought them each their first bikes, which essentially started off their motocross careers. From the first time the twins laid their hands on their bikes they havenâ€™t been able to let go; despite their busy schedules, they somehow always seem to find time to ride. They keep themselves busy with all of the nuisances senior year has to offer, their four to five times a week training sessions, and, not to mention, all of the competitions they are actively involved in throughout the year. They have training sessions several times a week, along with riding practices at a sponsored site, the Seminole Tribe Motocross Park. "We stay active by doing cardio workouts four to five times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays," Alyssa Bollman said. Training takes time and patience, but in the end it's worth it when they win their races. They are involved in several competitions throughout the year. A few of the main races they participate and compete in are the Winter Olympics, nationals, and several local series. They race locally, but also travel all across the country to race, competing in places such as Texas, New York, and monthly in Tennessee. Their competitions are packed with competitors from all over the U.S. Races, for them, are fun, but serious at the same time. "When I race I visualize how I want the race to go, and how I will start," senior Brad Bollman said. "I don't get nervous anymore, now I get pumped up to get the race on the way." The Bollman twins live for racing, from the adrenaline rush of the starting
line to the rivalry of trying to finish first. Although racing is a heart-pumping thriller, Alyssa always has the worries of safety as she speeds through the course. "A lot of things go through my head, like not getting hurt and staying in front," senior Alyssa Bollman said. "A lot of people don't play nice, they just take you out," Brad Bollman said, "It gets pretty rough, because now we race for money, so everyone's fighting for the highest position." Racing is a challenge, but itâ€™s something that comes easy to the Bollman twins.
"I won the women's class local series championship, at the Seminole Tribe
Motocross Park, and I've been in the tops 5's and 10's at several championship races," Alyssa Bollman said. "At the national race it went from 200,000 to 1,200 and I raced the top 42 in the nation and scored 7th," Brad Bollman said. Just recently Brad's racing dream has been halted. Not long ago, while Brad was practicing, he was making a left turn, stuck his foot out, and heard it pop. He wasn't sure how bad the injury was, so he waited until the pain worsened to go to the hospital. He got an MRI and found out he tore both his ACL and MCL. This setback keeps him from being able to ride or race until January 2009. Since the recent injury, he has had surgery and will have to do what he can do to strengthen his leg back to riding condition. "I'll have to do a standard ACL protocol therapy three times a week, to strengthen my muscles," Brad Bollman said. "It's really hard watching my sister ride and not being able to. It's a tough break, but I'm really glad to help Alyssa," Brad Bollman said. They are both outstanding racers with a large amount of sponsors. Because of their ability, they are planning on going professional. The races they do now, high school level, are races that you win title and small amounts of money. Pro racers aggressively struggle to win, because the prize is a lot of money. "We were planning on going pro by October of this year,
but because of Brad's surgery we have to push it back to October of 2009," Alyssa Bollman said. â€œIf we make it, we will be the first twins in motocross history to go pro.â€? With great ambitions and promising futures, the Bollman twins excitedly wait their chance to go down in the record books.