BMX brothers race to success

BMX champions (L to R) FelixTwitchett (age 5) and his brother Rupert (age 7)
BMX champions (L to R) FelixTwitchett (age 5) and his brother Rupert (age 7)
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TWO young brothers from St Annes are speeding to success in the world of BMX racing.

Rupert and Felix Twitchett, aged seven and five respectively, have both earned world top 10 rankings after competing for Great Britain at the recent UCI BMX World Championships in Birmingham.

The pair are also bidding for success in their age groups in the summer-long national series and are also hoping to round off the season with an impressive show in the BMX British Championships, which take place in the South West in September.

Rupert is currently national and regional number one for his age group and is ranked first in the British Cycling ratings and second in the British Championships, while Felix is regional number four and national number eight in his age group.

The boys, who recently moved to St Annes from Lytham with their parents Julian and Kerry, both attend Lytham Hall Park Primary School and took up BMX racing 18 months ago after their talent was spotted at the Gold Coast track at Park View, Lytham.

Julian said: “The boys spend a lot of time there and also at the Preston Pirates club.

“We also travel all over the country to events and we are very proud of how well they have done.”

More than 3,000 riders took part in the World Championships, including 100 in Rupert’s age group. After six races, Rupert made it to the final where he came seventh, earning him an official world ranking of seven.

Felix was knocked out in the semi-final but is ranked No 10 in his age group.

“It was an amazing experience,” added Julian. “This is a massive year for British BMX and the boys absolutely love being involved in competition.”

The brothers have three more legs of the national series remaining this year, with an imminent trip to Braintree followed by rounds in Derby and Peterborough.