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Silsden's Joshua is best of British
9:52am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
With or without a motor, Silsden’s Joshua McParland is a champion.
The seven-year-old, who has already won the national small-wheels motorbike section on his petrol engine, has also triumphed in the primary class in the British National Bike Trial Series on his pushbike.
The Bradley Both Comm-unity Primary School pupil had won the latter series before the final round at Shipley Glen last weekend – but came first there anyway to keep his perfect record.
Joshua, whose cousin is cyclo-cross rider Ed, won all eight rounds of the series, and also found time to win four Tyke Trial Club races to make it a round dozen of victories.
His dad Tim said: “It’s just the same as motorbike trials, except there are no engines.
“The course at Shipley Glen was in a wooded area with rocks and an open area with rocks and, although Joshua had won the series beforehand, he was very focused.
“There were eight sections which tested balance and each had to be completed twice. Joshua is a very pleasant lad and he has a natural talent when it comes to bikes.
“He entered the same series last year and came fifth as a six-year-old, competing against boys as old as nine, but the top four from last year had moved up a section.”
Other venues in the National Bike Trial Series included Essex, Fort William and Newcastle, and now Joshua and his father have a decision to make regarding what category he competes in next season.
His dad said: “They want you to move up but the novice section involves a much more physical challenge.
“I think we’ll leave that until 2015, although I understand they will be making primary class sections much tougher next year because of Joshua.”
While ensuring he keeps up with his school work, his dad painted a picture of a youngster who just loves his sport.
Tim said: “It is traditional for him to have a sausage sandwich after he has ridden, but before you can even wipe the tomato sauce off his face, he is back on his bike.
“Sometimes they have to tannoy his name two or three times to get him to the presentation ceremony, and once he is home it is straight out to the back garden!”
Josh currently rides an Onza bike and has been supported by Onza and Tartybikes.
His love of two wheels and the trials discipline extends into the motorcycle world where he also competes at national and club levels on his Gas Gas 50cc.
He has recently competed in the D-class small wheel British Championship, achieving the highest-placed petrol bike.
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