On the Radar: Boston Calder
By Jeff McConkey
Calder photos supplied by Boston Calder
Name: Boston Calder
Birthday: October, 11, 1994
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Occupation: Heavy Equipment Technician
Bike: Yamaha YZ250
Race Club: AMSA, CMRC
Classes: MX1, MX2, and MX3 Intermediate classes
How did you get started in racing?
I started racing Tuesday night mini motos back in 2007 on my 1986 CR80, which was passed down through the family. The thing was clapped out to say the least (laughs).
What is your favourite track and why?
Ahh, that’s a tough one because I have so many favourites. But there is a little sand track down in Elko, BC that we like to hit up. If you get lucky, it rains the night before and makes for an unreal day of riding.
Who is your favourite rider and why?
That’s another tough one – I don’t have one favourite. I like the underdogs, the well-spoken, down to earth guys, that grind it out and truly have a passion for moto.
What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?
Morgan Burger, because I love his riding style, and how smooth he is. And Julian Cerny. I hope I’m still able to compete at the level he does when I’m his age!
Who is your hero?
No heroes. Sorry, folks.
What are your goals for this season?
My goals for the 2015 season are to consistently finish inside the top 3 in our Southern Alberta Provincial Series, Top 5 at Western Canadian Amateur Nationals, and to qualify for at least one of the Western rounds for the Rockstar Energy MX Nationals.
What are your biggest accomplishments?
Multiple top 5 season overalls in the AMSA provincial series.
What is your favourite part about going to the races?
Just my passion for the sport and the atmosphere at the races. It’s just great being able to hang out at the races with your friends and family, and share common interests with them and the whole community. It’s like one big family (laughs).
What would you like to when you grow up?
Just be someone my kids, and others can look up to and follow.
What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?
I love the outdoors. In summer I love fishing, mountain biking, boating, and in winter I love to bust the skis out and hit the slopes. Pretty much anything to pass the time until spring rolls around.
Who do you want to thank?
Huge thanks to my Mom and Dad, Kevin at Blackrock Automation, everyone at Blackfoot Motorsport, Paul Lavoie with LRX Performance, Ryan Prentice with Intrinzic Graphics, Pro Circuit, Alias MX, 6D helmets, Golden Tyre, 11EIGHT Performance Services, Parts Canada. Without the help of these people I would not be able to do this. Thanks!