Community 16th January 2012
Toby Cook and Dylan Gamble are both 8 years old and from Clayton in Manchester. The two of them had their first experience of BMX at the Ravensbury after school club that was delivered by the National Cycling Centre.
Sessions were run using bikes and equipment that are stored at the School, the equipment was paid for by Track World Cup legacy funding. Both Toby and Dylan attended regularly, taking part in fun structured coaching with regular chances to race BMX’s on the playground.
Since its opening in August 2011, Toby and Dylan have become frequent users of the BMX centre, attending Beginner Open sessions, Accredited Open sessions, the Youth Club and most recently have made their racing debut at the Novice Track League. Both riders have been inspired by the BMX track and in the future would like to progress onto Club and Regional level racing. Toby now has his own BMX bike, helmet and race kit and can’t wait to progress onto the next level.
Speaking to Toby and Dylan after the latest Novice Track League, Toby said, “I love racing it’s the best”. Dylan explained, “I won most improved rider at racing this week so I’m really happy” Both riders have the support from their Mothers, whether that is through cheering their sons on at the Novice Track League or asking the BMX staff for advice on the next steps. “I am really proud of him. He has come on so much” Dylan’s Mum said. Toby’s Mum also stated “I get nervous when he races as I want him to do well but I am so proud of Toby. I can’t keep him off the BMX track”
The BMX staff at the National Cycling Centre will continue to support these two local riders to develop further, ensuring that they continue to progress and enjoy using the BMX centre.