We’re over the moon here at Strider to tell you about five-year-old Oscar Booth who competed twice in the Strider World Championships aged three and four and has now qualified to represent Team GB in the UCI BMX World Championships.
Oscar, who lives in Adlington in Lancashire with his younger brother Noah, his dad Matt and his mum Vickie, started on a balance bike when he was two. He first rode on a track at the Strider World Cup in Manchester in 2012 and, according to his dad, it was that experience that encouraged Oscar to practice on the indoor track every week, inevitably leading to him joining the Preston Pirates BMX Club and getting into BMX racing.
Now, less than two years later and after competing in four rounds of the British BMX Series, Oscar will be competing in the under six category at the UCI BMX World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium on 21 July.
We spoke to his dad, Matt, about Oscar’s experience with Strider and he said this: “We loved the Strider World Cups. We never dreamed racing would have taken us to where we are now or taken over our lives as a family in the way it has. We now spend pretty much every weekend travelling the country racing and we love it. But most importantly, it has had a huge positive impact on Oscar’s life. He was always quite shy when he was younger and now he has so much more confidence.”
We’re also thrilled to hear that Oscar’s younger brother Noah is equally bike-mad. The three-year-old started racing on a Strider balance bike aged two and has already progressed to a pedal bike, which he rides at their club in Preston.
“Noah started on his Strider balance bike when he turned two and he took to the track on it pretty much straight away,” said his dad. “Now that he’s three, he's already pedalling and in the next couple of weeks we’ll be taking him to the track on his pedal bike. It’s such a family affair that even I have taken up BMX racing, too, and I’m now racing in the older age category!”
If you’d like to follow in the Booth family footsteps, the next Strider World Championship Race takes place on 6 September at the Gravesend Cyclopark in Kent. There are just 20 spaces in each age category and it’s only £10 to enter so please sign up soon to avoid disappointment.
In the meantime, good luck at the UCI BMX World Championships Oscar Booth! We’ll be crossing our fingers for you.