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Section A: General News


Motocross is first love of Cycle Ranch’s new owner


Motocross is first love of Cycle Ranch’s new owner
Iain Grae


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Wilson County News
February 13, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- Imagine a family-friendly motocross destination with a country club-like atmosphere. That’s part of Iain Grae’s vision for Cycle Ranch, located on C.R. 405 southeast of here.

Nine weeks ago, the 35-year-old Westchester County, N.Y., native purchased the motocross park. Grae, who lived between New York and the South Beach area of Florida for the past few years, said he was becoming tired of the luxurious, fever-pitch pace of life in both those places.

The motocross enthusiast began racing at 13, and was among a group of racers who toured parks throughout the country in 2012. He said he became curious about Cycle Ranch after a longtime friend told him about the park, prompting the two to drive there from San Diego. Grae fell in love, prompting him to purchase the property.

Prior to this, Grae had carved out a successful career as the owner of a New York advertising agency. But motocross continued to be a part of his life. The bug first bit him at 8 years old.

“I got into the sport when my parents said, ‘You can have a dirtbike when you buy it,’” Grae said. “I raked leaves and mowed lawns for three years, and then I bought a bike. I ended up selling it for four times what I paid for it, and then I bought my next bike.”

His parents realized that Grae’s interest in motocross helped keep him out of trouble, and that it served as an incentive for him to stay focused in school. Grae went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in marketing and real estate from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Mercy College.

His short-term goal for Cycle Ranch is “building a facility to be something that everybody wants to call their second home.”

Plans include building a concession area that will resemble a coffee house, with wireless Internet and TVs, which will provide a comfortable refuge from the heat and dust of the track. Also geared toward comfort is a night track, currently under construction. Grae also plans to utilize an existing stage by booking live entertainment.

In the long term, Grae said he wants to make a favorable impact on the economic, physical, and educational well-being of the Floresville area. The park’s location could lend itself as a spot for stargazing, and plans are under way to host telescope events there. He also hopes that the physically demanding sport of motocross can encourage physical fitness among the area’s youth.

Grae said motocross has been an excellent teacher for business, and for life itself.

“Riding motocross has taught me a lot about managing a business,” he said. “It’s taught me tenacity, and it’s taught me about losing and not giving up until I win.”

Grae continued, “It teaches you to accept that you mess up, learning how to take defeat, figure out where you went wrong, and how to rise up from it.”

For more information about Cycle Ranch, call 855-571-MOTO (6686) or visit cycleranchmx.com.
 

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Elaine K.  
Floresville  
February 15, 2013 3:49pm
 
Me too, waiting for the coffee shop to open!

 
Brenna Presnall  
Floresville, TX  
February 13, 2013 12:10pm
 
I didn't realize it had been sold, but glad it was sold to someone who's going to take care of it!!! That was one of the biggest perks for me when we decided to move to Floresville. I think it's fantastic. Now about that ... More ›

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