Flying High

Flying High

As Howdy Week winds down, Programming Council is bringing in a stunt motorcyclist Fridayto kick off the pep rally with a boom.Motorcyclist Geoff Aaron will begin unwinding his aluminum obstacle course at 6 p.m. in the Kelly Alumni Center parking lot. Aaron Wolfe, vice chairman of Programming Council, said there is much to look forward to.

“The motorcyclist is a major highlight but the band and cheerleaders are also highlighted,” Wolfe said.

Howdy Week project leader Kaytlyn Knowles agreed with Wolfe but said she is especially looking forward to Aaron’s stunts.

“It’s a big surprise for everyone,” Knowles said. “We were concerned because we didn’t have a band and (Aaron) came to us at the right time.”

Aaron said he began his interest in motorcycles when he was 13. He said his father used to trial ride with friends and when Aaron became interested, his father suggested he try a trials bike. Now, at age 35, Aaron has 10 U.S. Trial Championships and 73 career national wins.

Aaron said he will be accompanied by a unique demo-rig built especially for his performances. When he arrives to set up, the rig will unfold into an aluminum obstacle course.

“Moto-trials is kind of a unique sport so we’ve built a mobile display to showcase the sport as well as we can,” Aaron said.

Aaron, sponsored by Red Bull, will perform his basic routine twice during the middle of the pep rally. The demonstration lasts about 15 to 20 minutes.

Aaron said he’s looking forward to the pep rally because he cannot remember ever performing in Fort Worth.

“There’s only about half a dozen people that would think about riding this stuff so I’m pretty much on the road all the time,” Aaron said.

The pep rally will also include free purple ice cream.

As for Aaron, he said he doesn’t know if he’ll have time to eat ice cream before he jets off to his next adventure.

“Afterward, I don’t know,” Aaron said. “I get there, pick up my itinerary in the morning and just know that I’m going to Oklahoma next.