A family affair

Blake Rivard, of Essexville, practices on his motocross track at his parents' house.

To make it in sports, as in life, you need help.

For one local motocross family, they wrote the book on lending a hand.

"I broke my jawâ?¦"

"I broke my wrist twiceâ?¦"

"I broke both of my ankles..."

"I had to have surgery on it onceâ?¦"


"I broke my elbow, and I broke my foot."

It's an injury list that's as long as it is shocking, but for Grant and Blake's mother Cindy, it's just another day at the Rivard household.

"You can get hurt doing anything - walking across the street, driving a car - you just have to pray everything goes good, and so far, so good," Cindy said.

For the Rivard family the sport of motorcross has been good to them. All three of their boys: Brad, Grant and Blake are successful riders, even though their mom and dad were not experienced in the sport.

"Before you guys got into Moto, how much did you know about the sport?"


"How much research have you done?"

"Oh, my God."

It first started with a hand me down bike paul received from his brother Jerry. It then progress to more expensive ones, and then the Rivard's got a bright idea â?¦ to build a track in their backyard.

"The four of us, my dad included, would come out here and 'let's build this here.' It was a big strategy thing," says Grant. "It was a bonding thing to go out there and build the track. Sometimes I had more fun building it than riding it."

But it's riding that paid off for Rivard brothers. The three have racked up dozens of trophies on the track. Blake is even participating in the Loretta Lynn race in Tennessee, one of the most pretigious amerature races in the county, which wouldn't be possible without their parents support.

"It's comforting knowing that they're there watching me, and it's a good feeling to have them there behind me when I'm racing," Blake said.

"Growing up, every weekend we went somewhere," says Grant. "That time with family, they gave us the opportunities to do this. It's more than most kids can say."

And for mom and dad it's well worth it.

"We have a 24-year that likes hanging out with us, a 19-year old that likes hanging out with us," adds their father Paul. "You don't get that with every sport."