BMX races are more of a junkyard brawl than a velodrome sprint or a marathon like the Tour de France. Racers ride lightweight bikes on a course filled with jumps, sharply banked turns and obstacles. They start by pedaling furiously down a steep incline, sometimes nearly three stories tall, and reach speeds of 40 miles per hour. Collisions and injuries are common.
Bennett, who lived in Conroe, was known for a fluid style that earned him the nickname Butter. The International Cycling Union, which governs BMX, named him the BMX world champion in 2002, 2003 and 2007.