StepUp Grant for BMX racer Joe

2013_stepup_joe_brewerJoe Brewer from Bagshot has been awarded a StepUp grant to help him further his ambitions in BMX racing.   StepUp is a small grants programme run by the Windle Valley Youth Project and supported by Eli Lilly, which aims to celebrate, encourage and support success in young people.

“Hi my name is Joe Brewer; I’m 13 and I BMX race in the UK both regionally and nationally. I am privileged enough to have been awarded a StepUp grant from Windle Valley Youth Project for a BMX frame.  With my grant I purchased a Redline Flight Pro BMX frame and built my bike up with 20” Answer wheels and Shimano DXR cranks. The grant has enabled me not only to upgrade my bike to the right size but I have also been offered training support.

Welcome to my BMX diary part 1…

Today I had my 1st national race of the 2013 season. I was really excited and very nervous as I hadn’t raced since September 2012 at the British Championships; and now I had my new frame to compete with! I was privileged enough to race in the Manchester indoor cycling centre, the HQ of British cycling. An amazing place with excellent facilities.

National races are made up of 3 moto’s (race) which determine whether you go in to the quarters and semi finals. I was very lucky to make it into the quarters as my racing was not to last year’s standard. My technique was very rusty and whilst my strength was ok I struggled with jumping! I didn’t do that well. However, I had great gates and excellent cornering.

For my next race I’m going to train harder and spend more time at the track (thanks to mum and dad).   I’ve changed my gearing to make my sprints more difficult at home and spend more time at the gym working on core strength.

I’m looking forward to the summer and drier weather, so I can spend more time at the track!”