Rockets' fast track to success

PUBLISHED: 18:51 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:51 11 May 2010

IN THE SADDLE: BMX riders Sheldon Best, Henry Tate, Niall Buckley, and Jordan Best, with British Cycling's Mark Wyer and Richard Townsend. 3116DW012

IN THE SADDLE: BMX riders Sheldon Best, Henry Tate, Niall Buckley, and Jordan Best, with British Cycling's Mark Wyer and Richard Townsend. 3116DW012

YOUNGSTERS in Royston took to the track when Royston Rockets BMX team held an open training session. And although turnout for the sessions, held at Burns Road recreation ground, was not what the club was hoping for, it still has a number of people interes

YOUNGSTERS in Royston took to the track when Royston Rockets BMX team held an open training session.

And although turnout for the sessions, held at Burns Road recreation ground, was not what the club was hoping for, it still has a number of people interested in taking up the sport.

Mark Wyer, from British Cycling, attended the event to give the children coaching tips.

He said: "It was aimed at anyone, from total novices to those who already had some experience of the sport.

"We were planning to do two days, but unfortunately because there weren't that many people around, we had to cancel the second day.

"I think the fact that it's holiday time probably affected the attendance.

"Despite this, I know two children have already signed up for the Rockets, and a couple more are interested in joining, so it was successful in that respect."

BMX is a fast-growing sport, and featured in the Olympic Games for the first time this year.

Mark is hoping that some of the Rockets riders will follow in the footsteps of Shanaze Reade, who made the final in Beijing before crashing out.

He said: "There are a lot of clubs around Norwich and Ipswich, but less in this area. So it's great that the Rockets are so active in the community."

For more information on Royston Rockets, visit their website, www.roystonrockets.co.uk.

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