Some of the language may have been lost in translation but the competition was certainly keen for three Hawera BMX club riders on the world stage.
Competing at the 2012 world championships at Birmingham in England recently, Mike Reader, Brooke Fevre and Melissa Were were placed among the top finishers. Reader was seventh in the 30-years plus men's division, while Fevre came 11th in the 12-year girls and Were 12th in the 16-year girls.
There were 57 riders from New Zealand, as well as competitors from Europe, the United States, Britain and Australia.
"It was so annoying, they didn't shut up," said Fevre, 12, about trying to communicate amongst the multitude of nationalities.
She was pleased with her placing at her second world championships, having been to Adelaide in 2009.
Were, 16, found her first world event "very different" to national competition. "I did wish to do better, I got clipped coming out the gate."
Both girls are keen to compete at the 2013 world championships, which will be held in Auckland next July.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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