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Two-year-old BMX star Ned crowned best in Britain
A two-year-old BMX sensation has been crowned the best in Britain after racing his way to glory and proving he’s the fastest toddler on two wheels in the country.
Following an incredible year of racing at Strider British Balance Bike Championship events across the country, Ned Jones, from Sedlescombe near Battle, emerged as a worthy champion.
Having qualified to be part of the finals earlier in the year in Kent, Ned showed great determination in Manchester to bag the 2013 Strider British Balance Bike Championships in the two-year-old category.
Strider bikes do not have pedals and so are easier for young children to ride.
Ned’s father, Tom said: “It was such an amazing day and we still can’t believe that he did so well.
“The final race of the day was a little tense as all of the riders did so well. It really could have been anyone’s race but in the end Ned managed to stay out in front and crossed the line first. We’re so proud of him.
“I think you could say that he was pleased with himself as he managed another three victory laps to take in the crowd’s applause! We can’t wait for the event’s next year.”
With more than 1,000 riders aged 18 months to five years old competing in the British Championships across the country, Ned rode to victory over the same BMX track at the National Cycling Centre that the Great British elite riders use for training.
Melanie Thomas, Strider British Balance Bike Championship organiser said: “The quality of the racing was amazing and the kids loved the chance to race at such a big event. We really hope that the championships this year have helped to inspire our next generation of riders.”
Experts agree that it is counterproductive to teach a young child to rely on stabilisers when they first make the move to a two-wheeler as it does not give them the chance to learn how to properly balance.
To find out more about the Strider Cup balance bike series visit www.stridercup.org.
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