My son who is five years old loves to ride his BMX and after taking him to the recent Midlands BMX Champs at Balby Carr, Doncaster decided to see if there were any tracks local to us for him to go and have a go on! After speaking to a few people in the know, I heard about the popular public G*Y*P*O race track at New Waltham, Grimsby and decided to take the kids (and me) for a look.
After getting the over the initial nerves my lad was soon riding round having the time of his life, my daughter of eight rode round on her bike although it was not ideally suited and she was already pestering me for a BMX!
It looked like fun and one of the guys there lent me his bike for a blast round and I was hooked, so much so that I went and bought a BMX (at 40 years old!) to play on that afternoon! This was also regularly commandeered by my daughter and we spent the rest of the day there getting used to the track. One of the kids said that there was a race meeting the following week and anybody could enter so we said we would look to come back an have a go.
The following Saturday (day before the race) we went to have more practice, with the daughter now on her own BMX again spent most of the day there.
The next day me and the lad decided to go and race and rocked up early Sunday morning, I wasn’t sure if my lad would get on with the electric start gate. How wrong was I! He was off and couldn’t wait to race, I entered and after G*Y*P*O loaned us two full face helmets we were ready to race…Gulp!
All in all the races were great intro into the world of BMX race and Seth even made it to the “Under 6 A Final”, looking forward to next time.
Certainly a hobby that you can go and enjoy with the kids 🙂