2020 Award Winner

This years recipient is Aidan Biello from Middlebury Connecticut. He has been around BMX since the 2010 season. That year Aidan and his family had come to our pre-season open house the week before opening day and decided to give it a try. His first race was in the 5 & Under Rookie class (NBL sanction at that time) and finished fourth in a seven rider main event. Shhhhhh he missed his second moto. Back then the big points were awarded in each moto. The main events simply determined your finishing position for the day and determined which trophy you would get.

He didn't race very much that first year, it seems he was enjoying life in the swimming pool and other interests but, the seed was certainly planted.

He raced more frequently in 2011 and earned seven Foothills wins that year.

On June 24th, 2012, Aidan came out on top in a five rider main event and was named our Rider-Of-The-Week for his efforts. That win was huge as it would be his last as a Novice as it was his tenth and he moved up to the Intermediate class. He racked up enough points to finish first in the 7-year old Intermediate class for the year just ahead of Dylan Barker, the rider he beat in his last Novice race for his move up.



Rider Of The Week
7 Year Old Novice
Aidan Biello

August 20, 2014 he got his last win as an Intermediate down in Bethel and, in his next race at Foothills he was an Expert.

Over the years at Foothills, Aidan has won his age and class title four times. The biggest was in 2016 when it was caution to the wind and he was flying every week winning the track championship.

I asked him what he considered his biggest BMX related accomplishment. He said he now has two. The first was winning the 2016 Foothills BMX Track Championship. The second was being named the recipient of The Daniel J. Plaskett Memorial Award.

In 2017, while practicing for a State Qualifier in Meriden, He crashed hard and broke his arm. It required surgery and the placement of some pins. Seems like it was kind of a wake-up call.

Aidan, has now become a little less competitive but certainly has not lost any of his skills. He says he is out there just to have a good time, not take any unnecessay chances and avoid injuries. "I just like being out there" he said. He added that he will probably race for another year or two and then simply play it by ear after that.


Aidan in his very first race on May 2nd, 2010

Aidan on his way to the Track Championship in 2016

When asked who he admired most, he responded "I admire my parents because they teach me to be the best person as I can." I'd say thay are doing a fine job.

As far as career aspirations go, he said it's a little early yet but maybe finding success in the sports genre somehow.

I asked him what his favorite music was thinking maybe some of the pop music that's out today. He said "I really don't have a favorite because I don't listen to music that much."

He did say that his favorite movie is Shrek.

Aidan is a sophomore at Pomperaug High School and a member of the Football and Baseball teams.


Aidan as a member of the
Pomperaug Panthers


"My wife and I both are proud that Aidan is this years recipient." Dan would be proud also" -Rog Plaskett-


This award and annual Daniel J. Plaskett Memorial Race were created in honor of Dan and his courage. Each year the Litchfield County BMX Group Inc makes a donation in Dan's name to The United Leukodystrophy Foundation.