Chance to have a go
Young BMX riders will have the chance to ride alongside stars of the sport when they head to the UCI BMX World Championships at Vector Arena in July.
Competition organisers are running Have a Go days at BMX Club tracks across Auckland for children aged 6 to 12 to teach budding riders BMX skills.
The youngsters will be taught how to negotiate the BMX track safely and also get the chance to race.
The best riders will go through to a regional final where the winners will then take part in invitation races on the world championships track on the second day of Challenge Class racing on July 25.
BikeNZ chief executive Kieran Turner says less and less Kiwi children are being taught how to ride a bike.
‘‘Most of our current Olympic heroes started with BMX, which is not only a fantastic family sport, but also the ideal way to learn the basic skills to ride a bike and also have a lot of fun.’’
The first Have a Go day will take place on Sunday from 11am at the Mountain Raiders BMX Club, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga.
See bmxworldsnz.com /Have-a-Go.