Saturday 19 May 2012

Joyce Brothers selected for Great Britain

Kobi and Ryder Joyce from Branksome, Bournemouth, will be representing GB at the BMX world champs next week in Birmingham .Racing will take place on a one off purpose built track in the National Indoor Arena.
The boys already have one world championships under their belt as they both raced in Copenhagen last year. Denmark was all about gaining experience. Ryder, 5, was knocked out in the early stages whilst Kobi, 9, crashed out having won his opening qualifying round. The top 8 riders who make the final will get a world ranking and Ryder who has been racing since the age of 3 is aiming to be in that final. In 2012 he is riding in the 6 & under category and is currently lying fourth in the national series, having missed 3 rounds with an injury. Kobi races in the 10yrs boys’ category and is itching to make amends for last year’s disappointment. Father Steve says “The national series started early this year to accommodate the Olympics and Kobi is starting to peak at the right time”

Kobi has been racing since the age of four, has won two British titles and goes into the World Championships as one of the Great Britain’s top hopes. If that was not pressure enough, British Cycling has given Kobi a wild card entry into the 9-12 yrs. boys’ cruiser class, racing boys three years older than him. Steve continues “This seems a big ask for a 9 year old as he will only get his cruiser race bike a week before the event, but he sees it as a bit of fun and it does not faze him. Hopefully both boys will do well as I dread the bragging rights on the drive home!”

The UCI BMX World Championships is the biggest prize in BMX racing with the world’s best riders chasing the right to wear the coveted rainbow stripes for the following 12 months. The event is also the last event in which nations can secure qualification points for the London Olympics in 2012. The event takes place in the Birmingham's NIA between 24th and 27th May 2012.

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