CO riders take on world
Charlie Leyser has come a long way in eight months after his first taste of racing on a BMX track. On Thursday, he will be on a flight to the United States to compete in the 2017 BMX World Championships.
The 7-year-old Cromwell rider will race with over 3000 competitors, including Alexandra rider Holly Oldham, 14, representing over 40 countries in sweltering South Carolina summer heat.
Charlie doesn’t get flustered on the BMX track and he intends to take the confidence with him at the start gates.
‘‘I try hard and I like to win.’’ His father Pierre Leyser said Charlie had only raced in two competitions. To qualify for the worlds was ‘‘unbelievable’’ and Charlie had been training hard to prepare, Leyser said.
‘‘He is excited; that is why I was keen to let him go. He has got the last 10 per cent and doesn’t get flustered or show any nerves.‘‘
Also training hard was Alexandra rider Holly Oldham, 14, who is ranked New Zealand number one in her age group.
Her mother Carole Gillions said Holly was feeling anxious, but was ‘‘as prepared as she can be’’.
‘‘Until you get on the gate with the rest of the competitors - it is where your brain is at on the day at their age. She has got every possibility and her aim is to make the finals.’’
Charlie Leyser, 7, of Cromwell and Holly Oldham, 14, of Alexandra.