Still only 4, his love of cycling stepped up a notch when we watched the World Team Cup Final of the Cycle Speedway, live.
I honestly thought it would be years until he would be old enough to join a club were he could practice racing but thanks to the power of social media, we found out that the exact track where we watched the Worlds, held a Cycle Speedway club, every week.
Last week he went along for a trial.
He loved it.
This week, he had his own gloves and he was all set.
I’m always proud of him, but watching his self belief and confidence, coupled with his complete fearlessness, I wasn’t just proud, I totally admired him. I would never have had the belief and confidence when I was young, to throw myself into an event that I had never done before, let alone with lots of people watching.
The children race against others of similar ability and they get about 5 races each.
Off for a warm up:
Not that we are competitive (honest), we tried to explain to Harley that taking the track close to the bend, would give him an advantage.
He even remembered watching the pros at the World Cup, putting their foot down on the track when they took the bend!
The children are staggered at the start line according to their speed.
I managed to get a little clip of one of Harley’s races. He starts further back from the start line, in the dark clothing, wearing the GB helmet:
He nearly got pipped to the finish line but he just manages to sprint to the finish in 1st place!
With wonderful staff, lovely team spirit and a view of the harbour from the track, we have definitely made this club part of our weekly routine.
At £1.50 (and even a cafe to buy hot food and drinks) I may well be counting down the sleeps like Harley does!
It’s always lovely to watch your children take part in something they truly love, but for us, this has given Harley confidence not only in his own ability but in himself. He was chatting away to the adults who ran the club and to the other children. He even asked the race Starter if he could have a block to push off from for his first race because he had seen it last week.
For many, this may seem rather normal for a child but for us, Harley has always been rather shy around people he doesn’t know and he doesn’t like to push himself forward.
He’s a prime example of how a hobby you love, builds self confidence.