A KNOWLE family are in BMX bike action this weekend as they battle to get points to qualify for the world championships in Birmingham.
The Wallace household are BMX mad, dad Ian is a former racer from the 80s craze making his way back in the sport while children Miah aged eight and Ethan aged 11 are carving names for themselves as top riders.
Holding them all together is mum Selina who’s secretary of the local club.
“We’ve got a busy schedule ahead of us,” said Ian, who’s team manager at Redditch Premiers BMX Club.
“We’re up at the national BMX track in Manchester this weekend and Miah and Ethan will both be going all out to get point for the Worlds.
“Miah is virtually qualified while Ethan still needs points,” said the St Johns Close resident.
BMX Racing has never had a higher profile than now - Great Britain has the top rider in the world, Shanaze Read, while the 2012 World Championships will be held just eight miles away from Solihull in Birmingham in May.
“As a sport it’s great,” said Ian. “It’s something we can all do as a family and the fitness levels are fantastic - I’m training three times a week,” said the 40-year-old.
“However I have to admit the older you get, the longer it takes to get over the knocks!”
BMX racing is an Olympic sport and races are short, fast and furious.
Nearby Redditch has one of the top tracks in the country and it’s there that Solihull riders tend to head for to get involved in the sport. For more details call 01527 524550.