SKILLED siblings from Normanton have wasted no time in making a name for themselves on the British Bike Trials circuit.
Jordan and Reece Seymour, of Queensbury Court, only started out in the sport two years ago but have enjoyed a scintillating first full competitive season on their bikes.
Jordan, 12, and Reece, 9, have taken to the sport like the proverbial duck to water and have stormed to numerous successes throughout Britain in 2011.
Reece, who attends Normanton Common Primary School, has become British Champion in the primary class of the British Nationals with a round to spare.
He’s stormed to victory in all four rounds so far and will aim to make it five from five with the final round at Shipley Glen this weekend - although he’ll be moving up to novice class to test himself.
He also enjoyed second-place finishes in the BIU British Championships and British Cup, while he currently sits second in the Tyke Trial competition - behind his older brother.
Jordan, competing in the tougher novice class this year, leads the Tyke Trial competition and expects to tie up that success in the final round.
The St Wilfreds Catholic High School pupil also excelled in the British Nationals, where he sits fourth, the BIU Championships, where he came fourth and the British Cup, thanks to a fifth place finish.
“I’m proud of them both, they’ve done superbly given it’s their first full year,” said their dad Jase, himself a former Bike Trials competitor.
“They’ve put a lot of hard work in this year with hours of training and practising and it’s paid off with the success they’ve enjoyed this season.
“They’ve taken to it really well. They started with motorbikes but they didn’t really enjoy that, so I got them both bikes and they really took to it and have never looked back, they enjoy competing in Bike Trials.”
Bike Trials is the art and skill of riding your bike over and between obstacles, showing balance and fitness. Ideally not touching the ‘section’ with anything except the bike’s tyres.
The more times you touch the floor to balance, the more points you receive. Points are also awarded for the time it takes to complete each ‘section’. The aim is to receive the least points.
Both riders will move up to compete in a harder category next year, with Reece moving from primary class to novice, while Jordan will move from novice to intermediate.
They’re also aiming to take their talents to the European stage in 2013, but require funding help to achieve their dream.
“They both want to compete in Europe but the cost is just so expensive,” said Jase.
“The events are usually in a six-week block when the summer school holidays are but the travel and accommodation costs are huge.
“We’re aiming to do that in 2013 but they would need help with sponsors. The bikes cost enough on their own but adding travel and accommodation costs to that too just prices us out of going over there and competing.”
The talented duo will look to take part in the European Championships, World Championships and BIU Championships on the continent in 2013, after what they hope will be another successful season in the saddle in 2012.
Anyone wanting to help out with sponsorship should contact Jase on 07587 183105 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
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