For Longmont's Collin Hudson, climbing to the top step of the winner's podium never gets old.
Race after race, year after year, on one side of the world and the other, the 14-year-old BMX champion continues to rise above his competition. Hudson's latest conquest came over the weekend at the UCI BMX World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he won his competitive age division.
He entered as the reigning title holder in the 13-year-old division and proved that he is only getting better with age.
"As I get older it gets a lot harder," Hudson said Wednesday. "Last year, there were only two or three fast European riders, but this year there were at least 12 kids that I think could have won. So it gets more exciting, more meaningful, as I get older."Hudson, who rides for Crupi, started winning state championships right when he first began competing at age 7. He won a regional title before moving into the expert class a few years later and won his first national title in 2008. The national victories continued to pile up, culminating in his first world title last year in South Africa.
That was no fluke.