Bailee Enlow was 6 years old when she first tagged along with her older brother, Tanner, to a BMX competition.She was hooked.For the next 13 years, Enlow has biked all over the country, earning a college scholarship at Marian Univer. Bailee Enlow was 6 years old when she first tagged along with her older brother, Tanner, to a BMX competition.
She was hooked. Worlds is the biggest race that happens every year. There were people there from 40-plus countries. There were a lot of Colombian and Australian riders.
For the next 13 years, Enlow has biked all over the country, earning a college scholarship at Marian University in Indianapolis because of her skill.
This weekend in Rock Hill, S.C., she achieved a career highlight in the sport.
Participating in the BMX World Championship for the first time, the 19-year-old Grand Forks Red River graduate reached the finals on Friday, July 29, and came away with a fifth-place finish out of 92 competitors from across the globe in the women’s 17-24 division.
Enlow had to go through two qualifying rounds, then finish top four in eight-person groups in the eighths, quarterfinals and semifinals to reach the finals.
“It’s been crazy,” Enlow said. “I don’t even know what to say. The whole day was kind of a blur to be honest. Every round was as exciting as the next. It was definitely stressful getting out of the rounds. You have to finish in the top four or you are done. It was a lot of fun and definitely the most fun race I’ve ever participated in.
“It was so cool. I had so many people texting me that they were watching online. My whole family is here. My grandparents were here, too. It was really exciting to keep going.”
Enlow hasn’t ever competed in the BMX World Championships because they haven’t been in the United States in 16 years. Last year it was in Colombia. Next year, it is in Azerbaijan.
But she had big hopes for this competition.
She has competed in Rock Hill before, so she had some familiarity with the course.