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Co Antrim kids as young as six will take on some of the world’s best BMX riders in Belgium next week.
A group of 13 from the Lisburn BMX Club will travel with the 40 strong Ireland team to compete at the UCI BMX World Championships, in Zolder, from Monday July 22 to Monday July 29.
Charlie Kelly is on the committee of the Lisburn BMX Club and his six-year-old son Noah will be competing next week.
Charlie from Belfast , told Belfast Live: “The club has riders from the age of six taking part in the championship and all riders have been training hard for this event for months, be it in on the track four days a week, in Ireland for the national series, or in the gym conditioning.
“These kids and the event deserve recognition. It is extra special for me because my wee man Noah will be competing next week – I’m so proud of everyone involved.”
BMX – Bike Motorcross- is a cycle sport which involves racing and stunts on dirt tracks.
The Lisburn club was originally set up in the 80s but fell into decline when the sport became less popular. It was reformed in 2012 and is now home to the only national standard track in Northern Ireland, after securing funding in 2015 to fix it up.
Three years after the new track opened in 2016, the club is now thriving with 170 members ranging in age from four-years-old to 50 plus.
George Gordon, Chairman for Lisburn BMX Club, said: “Hopefully we will have quite a few riders in the final. We have kids here that make finals in the UK, and the UK series would be very competitive on world level, so we have some great expectations for them.
“We have been up and running for three years, we have approximately 170 members here at the club and a lot of associated members from other clubs in Northern Ireland and visitors from the south as well.
“BMX has grown very steadily for us here in Lisburn, it’s not a mainstream sport and there are a lot of kids here who don’t like their soccer, rugby or football. It is an action sport and we have a lot of lively kids attracted to it for the adrenaline rush.”
Despite the ever growing member numbers, George says he is keen to have more people join.
“Come visit the track, we are generally open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be a small induction and then we will let anyone try out the track here to see if they like it or not before they sign up and join,” he said.
“We have quite a few older riders too. The committee was actually formed from a bunch of guys who rode here in the 80s and my mother actually used to run the club here with her friend.”
The UCI BMX World Championship is the largest international event in the BMX universe with 48 nations represented and around 3,500 riders taking part.
The event will be broadcast on ESPN and FOX pay-per-view.