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Youth sport - cyclesport: World warm-up for hot BMX prospects
BMX brothers Kobi and Ryder Joyce were in action in round three of the winter series at Bournemouth BMX track.
The Iford venue attracted 160 riders, providing both boys with some hard competition ahead of a busy 2014 season.
Working with coach Ashley Davis, the Joyce boys are targeting top three places in the national standings but their main focus is the World Championships in Rotterdam.
A full national and regional calendar along with a couple of European events is planned in the build up to the worlds.
Both started racing at a young age – Kobi was four and Ryder only three – and both enjoyed early success.
Ryder has won the Southern Championships two years running and has consistently been on the podium at both regional and national level.
Kobi, meanwhile, has been South & South West Champion, twice British Champion in his age group and National Points series champion.
The boys like to run the number 80 (Bo) as tribute to the baby brother they lost in 2012.
Bo was born with kidney prob-lems and despite making progress he contracted a virus which caused a major brain injury, he sadly died aged just one month.
The impact was huge but the focus on racing has helped the boys and their family deal with the loss.
Riding for the Big Daddy/Pure UK Race Team, both Kobi and Ryder have given up playing football to fully concentrate on BMX.
Team owner Martin Baxter said: “It is a great pleasure to have Kobi and Ryder on my team and they never fail to give 100 per cent effort in every race they do.
“Both boys are very well known on the regional and national circuit and are always at the centre of attention.
“The family have been through some tough times and it’s great to see the boys smiling and enjoying their racing.”
Kobi, 11, and Ryder, eight, both attend Bishop St Aldhems School in Branksome and will be racing at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester ahead of the next round of the winter series at Andover Raceway.
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