Stand Out Rider
As we approach the British Champs we wanted to feature someone that’s had an amazing year, at regional level racing the boys, taking wins at Nationals and leading a LOT of laps at the Worlds. This time our ‘Stand Out Rider’ is World 5 Freia Challis.
Name – Freia Hope Challis
Age – 7 years
Years Racing – 2 years, this is my first year of national competition.
Current Sponsors – DK Bicycles UK Factory Team
Worst Injury – Bruised legs
Best Season – 2015. (5th at worlds, 2nd British National series, 1st EA Male 7, Brits ???)
Track – Birmingham, Perry Barr
Band – No favourites, but like Black eyed peas, Olly Murs and Major lazer and DJSnake ( Lean On).
Meal – Sausage and mash
Country Visited – Orlando, USA.
Race – Round 10 British National series, Birmingham.
Racer – Caroline Buchanan
Could you tell us who or what got you into racing ?
My brother Hayden started racing and I went to watch. I started going around the Braintree track on my little 16” bike. I really enjoyed it and wanted to race. Mum and dad got me a 4th hand bike and that was it.
How many times a week are you on your bike ?
At least four times a week on my race bike,( sprint night, club racing mid week, coaching and racing at weekends.
The World Championships must have been bitter sweet for you but what was your favorite part of your week at Worlds ?
My favourite part was getting a W5 plate, but also realising I could have won it, as I was unbeaten up to the final and led the final.
I also enjoyed making new friends from around the world.
Will you be going to next years Worlds in Colombia ?
No I won’t be travelling to Colombia , but I hope to be riding at the European championships.
So looking ahead to the British Champs, what are you hopes and expectations ?
I hope to win and will try my best. I will be meeting up with all my BMX buds and having a lots of fun.
Any Thanks ??
I’d like to thank all my sponsors; DK Bicycles UK, Split Second Imports, Tioga,
High5, Box components, Fly Racing, KMC Chains and bmxshop.com.
A great big thankyou too little Stu Dixon, Team manager of DK Bicycles UK for all his support, coaching and tormenting. The whole of the DK team for making race day so much fun.
Also to Braintree Bullets for all the support from the coaching team (Jools Allen and Gavin Stokes) and the encouragement from all my friends.
A special thanks to my mum and dad for taking us to all the races and my brother Hayden, without him starting BMX racing I would have not got into it, and his continued encouragement and support.