Athlete of the Week: area brothers, 8 and 10, dominate snocross

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ALMA CENTER, Wis. (WEAU) -- Two area brothers are 1st and 2nd nationally in their classes in the snocross standings and don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. The duo is our Osseo Automotive Athlete of the Week. SportScene 13's Neil Hebert has the story.

“Getting the most air,” young brothers flying across snow-covered tracks across the country add their favorite thing about racing.

Since they can remember, Landon and Lane Giese have been racing. The 1-2 punch from Alma Center compete against each other in 200 stock races in snocross tournaments across the nation.

And they’re dominating.

Landon, 10, has won 3 races while Lane, 8, has 1 win to go along with 4 second place finishes. The brothers are currently 1st and 2nd in the 200 stock national snocross standings, but there’s more to it than just winning for the Giese family.

“They take the podium: the championships, the wins, and there’s 10-18 other kids out on the track with them,” Travis Giese, the boys’ dad, said. “They cherish getting that win because there’s a lot of kids that wish they could be on the podium as well.”

On top of the races, the boys get to travel and explore the country.

“It’s a good experience,” Lane said. “We get to see different states all over the country. We’ve been to Wyoming, South Dakota, New York, Minnesota, Michigan, and South Dakota.”

“Life experience for them; they’re meeting people outside of their general everyday classroom kids,” Travis added. “They’re meeting kids from all over the country, so it’s making them more well-rounded. It’s almost like a snocross family.”

Dangerous, but thrilling, it wasn’t always easy for Robin Giese to watch her kids go 30mph around a snowy track.

“I didn’t make it to the first race we signed them up for once I saw the waiver,” Robin said. “I just couldn’t do it. It scared me.”

Her mindset is different now that she’s seen how much fun the kids have while racing.

“I’m the mom out there screaming for my kids now,” Robin said. “So yeah, it’s pretty thrilling and exciting. We have a good time.”

And there’s another member of the family that adds the third L to the L3 team: Lochlan, the 4-year-old with a bunch of swag.

“80!” Lochlan exclaimed when I asked how fast the three brothers go on their sleds.

An exaggeration? He sure doesn’t think so!

“I’m serious, I go 80!” he assured.

That might be a white lie, but every teammate on the L3 team has that same mentality.

“I like to go fast!” Landon, Lane, and Lochlan said in unison sitting on their snowmobiles side-by-side.

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