William pedals to glory

PUBLISHED: 15:12 07 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7: A YOUNG boy from Exmouth has won a national cycling competition - on a bike with no brakes or gears. Eight-year-old William Tidball, of Bicton Street, recently won the British Cycling Association's National under-eight Cycle Speedway title, not a competit

A YOUNG boy from Exmouth has won a national cycling competition - on a bike with no brakes or gears.Eight-year-old William Tidball, of Bicton Street, recently won the British Cycling Association's National under-eight Cycle Speedway title, not a competition for the light-hearted as riders compete on machines without brakes or gears.The St Joseph's School pupil has been travelling all over the country to gain points towards the championship in Ipswich, where he won all five races.His grandmother, Lynn Parker, said: "Like all boys, he loves rugby and sports but his bike is the love of his life."The competition teaches them to lose and they form good friendships."The sport, inspired by motorised speedway, involves racing on an oval shale circuit with bike handling, technical ability and physical fitness also playing an important part in the judge's decision.William, together with his brother, six-year-old Owen, who won third place at the South West Championship, is a member of the Exeter Aces Speedway Club and practices weekly from March to October at the Marsh Barton club.This is only William's second full season and he will be competing in next year's championship for under-10s.If anyone is interested in joining the club phone Brian Maunder (01392)662219.

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