On the Radar: Ryan Lyras

By Billy Rainford

Name: Ryan Lyras

Age: 8

Hometown: London, ON

School and Grade: Going into Grade 3, Ste. Jeanne D’Arc

Bike: KTM SX50

Number: 5

Class: Tyke Beginner

Race Club: TVR

Ryan Lyras

This week, #5 Ryan Lyras from London, Ontario, is ‘On the Radar.’|Shannyn Christie photo

How did you get started in riding/racing?

My dad bought me a dirt bike to go on trails and then my mom found that there aren’t many trails and found TVR and motocross. Dad surprised me and hid a dirt bike in my bedroom.

What is your favourite track and why?  

I like Gopher Dunes because there are lots of hills and I like to jump.
Who is your favourite rider and why?

I like Ryan Dungey. He has the same name, same number, and he’s really cool at jumping.

Ryan Lyras Becky Huntley 2

Ryan got into riding the way any kid would want to…his dad hid a new dirt bike in his room!|Becky Huntley photo

What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?

My favourite Canadian Pro is Kyle Stephens. He’s a great teacher and taught me how to do attack position.

Who is your hero?

Batman. He’s dark, strong, and drives a cool Batmobile.

What are your goals for this season, and what is it going to take to reach them?    

I’d really like to be faster. I’m going to be riding in Montreal next week and I’m looking forward to that. I’m also getting some lesson there, too.

Ryan Lyras Emily Nicholson

Ryan’s favourite rider is Ryan Dungey because “he has the same name, same number, and he’s really cool at jumping.”|Emily Nicholson photo

What are your biggest racing accomplishments, so far?

I won my very first race this year at Swiona. I qualified for the feature race at Walton last month. It was wet and muddy and cold.

What is your favourite part about going to the races?

I like to ride. It’s also fun to hang out with my friends, like Nate Snelgrove.

Ryan Lyras Becky Huntley

Who is Ryan’s hero? Batman, of course!|Becky Huntley photo

What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?

I like to hang out with my friends. I like to run around. I like skateboarding, biking and breakdancing.

Who would you like to thank?  

I’d like to thank my dad because he bought me the dirt bike and he wanted me to ride it. I wanted to but he was away and there weren’t many trails to ride, so my mom found races for us to go to. So I want to thank my mom, too. I’d also like to thank Kyle Snelgrove for all the help at the races.