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Cycle News Issue 32 August 14

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IN THE WIND P32 OFF-ROAD COMMUNITY MOURNS LOSS OF CODY KURTZ T he motorcycle racing com- munity suffered a tragic loss on Sunday, August 12, when Cody Kurtz of Ridgecrest, Cali- fornia passed away from injuries sustained in a motocross-racing incident at Glen Helen Raceway. A talented young off-road and motocross rider, Cody Kurtz, was a champion and humble competitor both on and off the bike. He was 17 years old. Starting his racing career at a young age, Kurtz competed in various motocross races within Southern California; becoming a Pee Wee champion before taking his skills into off-road racing, where he became one of the first riders to contend in the AMA Youth National Hare & Hound Championship. Together with his sister, Caitlyn, the siblings competed in the AMA National Hare & Hound, AMA West Hare Scramble, USDR and AMA Big 6 GP Series'. In 2015 Kurtz was presented with the Rich and Kurt Caselli Sportsman award. In 2017, he won the 86-200cc B Championship, both in the AMA National Hare & Hound and AMA West Hare Scramble Champion- ship while also finding success in extracurricular activities in between racing. Known for being a selfless racer and role model, Kurtz was praised within the racing community for his caring demeanor. He knew the importance of looking out for others, and the positive impact he could make by giving back to the sport; having actively engaged in the development of youth motor- cycle racing. Cody Kurtz lives on through his father, Kyle, mother, Jessica and sister, Caitlyn. Meg Argubright Cody Kurtz, a rising star in off-road racing, succumbed to injuries sustained in a motocross crash on August 12. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK KARIYA

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