A group of Grimsby BMX riders are calling for a better track and a local group to help them develop their talents.
Currently, riders are having to travel to Doncaster to train as part of an official team, with an hour’s drive each way. In Grimsby, the only place they can go is the BMX course in New Waltham, which is used by a number of talented bikers.
Having enjoyed recent successes at the Midlands Championships, the riders now think it is high time that they had their own team and somewhere professional to train. For world number 16 Hugo Deighton, aged 9, Grimsby riders need the right training facilities to improve their skills.
Hugo said: “We need somewhere better to train. It’s great having something like this outside my house and I can come everyday with my mates, but I don’t think it’s really good enough anymore.
“I think we need a Grimsby team as there are a lot of us now who are taking the sport seriously. On top of that, a better track would mean we could all go to that next level.”
Tommy Simpson, 17, who is the Midland champion in his age group, was introduced to the sport by his dad Marc, who is also a BMX rider. He said: “My dad got me into the sport at first and I’m really glad he did because I love it.
“I’ve been doing this for about 12 years now and it’s changed so much since then, especially in terms of technology. In my eyes, that’s one of the main reasons we need better facilities, to make sure we’re keeping up with the sport. I would love to be able to do this as my job rather than a hobby, but we need a new track and team to be able to get to that point.”
Tommy’s dad Marc came second in the 50-plus category at this year’s Midland Champs and has seen more change than anyone else since he started riding. “It’s great that the track we have is so popular, but we need a club to really improve the riders we’ve got,” he said.
“At the minute, they’re wasting their skills and talent because they can’t progress any further. If we got what we need, I think we could attract some great coaches to help the lads too”
He added: “The dream would be to have a national standard track and in my opinion, it’s warranted. There is always somebody here riding, so it’s not like it wouldn’t be used.”
Another Midlands champion is Dexter Bearup, 12, who feels the sport is continuously growing across Grimsby. “Since I started, two of my friends have started racing so I think it’s going to get bigger. It’s so fun and I’m quite competitive.I love racing against people and the adrenaline you get when you’re on the track is amazing.
“There is more to it than just the racing side of things, though, and we aren’t going to get better without the right provisions. In my mind, we need the track and a proper team to get any better as a group.”
Original story at https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/sport/