Riders brush up their skills

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yder Grguric is moving his cycling abilities up a gear.

The 4-year-old was among about eight riders who attended an Alexandra BMX Club have a go session to find out what it was about on Friday night.

Although Ryder was apprehensive at first, he soon found his way around the track thanks to the many club members who supported those keen to try out the sport.

Club president Tony Nelson was pleased with the turnout.

He said the club would host another have a go session at its track in Alexandra on October
30.

Friday night also marked the opening of the season for the club, which has welcomed a busy month ahead.

Several members will compete at nationals in Christchurch on Saturday and Sunday and a north and south event for 11-year-olds will take place in Te Awamutu on December 5-6.

Alexandra BMX Club member Piper Lambeth (11) has made it into the south team.

Among those competing at nationals are Trey Nelson, Holly Oldham, Kaia Nelson, Tahlia Nelson (12), Max van Dyk (14), Liam Bickley (9), Harlan Bickley (7), Hunter Stirling-Lindsay (14), Ben James (14), James Fahey (6), Hendrix Kahukura (5), Nathan Adair (30) and Mackenzie Fahey (9).

The decision to host nationals was made in recent weeks after Covid-19 restrictions eased in parts of the country, Nelson said.

‘‘It’s going to be a nationals of who has done the hard work in lockdown, because they haven’t been able to get on the tracks.

‘‘But we are still expecting great things from our club.’’

Ready to roll . . . Ryder Grguric, 4, was among those who got some tips from the experts during a have a go session, hosted by the Alexandra BMX
Club on Friday. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON