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CYCLISTS from as far as France, Canada and America, gathered in a Portsmouth skatepark for a BMX contest.

The King of Concrete competition returned to Southsea Skatepark in Clarence Esplanade this weekend, after seven years.

FLYING HIGH George Batty in mid-air at Southsea skatepark. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132342-070)

FLYING HIGH George Batty in mid-air at Southsea skatepark. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132342-070)

Scores of riders battled it out in either the amateur or professional category, to be prince or king respectively.

Among the riders was 12-year-old Troy Heyward, of Waterlooville.

He said: ‘I wanted to do something challenging, which is why I started BMX riding.

‘It is scary, but also exciting and the adrenaline keeps you going.’

Riders had two, two-minute slots to perform as many tricks as they could, over six courses.

A team of four judges crowned the winners yesterday.