On your bike

Tiny BMX riders took to the track at Marfell Park yesterday as part of a wider project to get kids on bikes ahead of the New Zealand Cycle Festival.

About 20 kids aged 4 to 8 were part of the sprocket training night run by New Plymouth BMX Club.

Club president Blair Riddick was in charge of the training with the help of son Jordan, 11, and his mate Bodine Gehlhaar, 13.

"It's just about getting the little tackers into it and learning the basics," he said.

Jordan started riding about 7 years ago. "Dad brought me along because he did it a bit in his day."

He loved BMX because it was competitive and fun.

"You get to do jumps and also travel around the world and meet new friends."

Things got a bit hairy when there was argy bargy on the track, he said.

"And the 8 metre jumps are pretty scary." He said riders had different ways to get "in the zone" before a race.

"You listen to AC/DC to get you all amped."

The club is also hosting have-a-go evenings on Wednesdays from 5pm to teach novices riding and racing skills.

Additionally there will be heats for the Zero to Hero competition which will culminate in finals held on Taranaki Anniversary Day.

Any child aged between 6 and 12 who is competent on a bicycle is welcome to attend the have-a-go training. Entry details at bmxnewplymouth.co.nz.

Taranaki Daily News