BIKE-MAD Jack Wall is a national champion – and he hasn’t even turned three!
If his first competition is anything to go by then Jack has a big future ahead of him on the bike after beating off the challenge of 120 other young riders to be crowned the Strider UK World Cup champion.
The UK-wide competition, which was held in Manchester, sees kids from as young as 18-months-old from across the country ride on a balance bike, without pedals and stabilisers, designed to open children’s eyes to the world on two wheels and improve balance.
And despite the fact it was his very first competition, Jack, from North Road East, Wingate, wasn’t fazed one bit and crossed the line in first place in all his races on his way to be named the overall champion.
“He’s absolutely chuffed to bits,” said his delighted dad, Alex Wall, 23.
“We got him the balance bike for Easter this year and he has barely been off it since, he absolutely loves it.
“We saw that the Strider Cup was in Manchester, so we entered him for it last month.”
Alex and Jack’s mum, Lisa Rankin, 34, a mum-of-three, admit they didn’t really know what to expect when they made the trip down to Manchester on Sunday.
But they couldn’t hide their pride as Jack blew away his young competitors and was named as the national champ.
“To be a UK champion before he has even turned three isn’t bad at all!” laughed Alex.
“We’re absolutely over the moon.
“I knew he would do quite well in the competition but against 120 other kids we had no idea he would win it. He was absolutely brilliant.”
Jack spends a lot of his time at skate parks perfecting his skills on the balance bike.
And those skills will be put to the test again when he moves up into the older age group for the next Strider Cup.
“Next year he will be in the age-three category which means that the race will involve going over jumps and humps,” added Alex. “He does that in the skate parks already, so he will love that.”