Chance to have a go

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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.

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