Biking brothers aim for new heights at world BMX contest

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BROTHERLY love will have to take a back seat when twins Kieran and Ashley Binner take to the track to race against each other in the BMX world championships next week.

Both boys have qualified for the championships, which will be held at the Birmingham National Indoor Arena.

Twins, from left, Ashley and Kieran Binner, 14, at the Gosport BMX track

Twins, from left, Ashley and Kieran Binner, 14, at the Gosport BMX track

And the 14-year-olds, from Lee-on-the-Solent, have been putting in the practice laps at their local track on Grange Road in Gosport.

Kieran said: ‘I started about a year-and-a-half ago. Some of my friends were going down there so we started to go as well.

‘I don’t know who’s better out of the two of us, but we are quite competitive.

‘When he beats me it is frustrating, but that’s just part of it.

From left,  Ashley and Kieran Binner

From left, Ashley and Kieran Binner

‘We do have a close bond, but on the track it’s different.’

Ashley added: ‘I love the adrenaline rush you get from racing and when we race each other I’m just trying to go for the win.

‘I’m not sure how we’ll get on at the championships because we haven’t been doing it that long compared to some of the others, but I’m confident we can do well.’

The year nine Brune Park Community College pupils race for Gosport BMX Club, which they train with every Saturday.

Mum Caroline Binner said: ‘Kieran’s quite known for breaking his collarbone – I think we’re on number five now, and Ashley’s broken his once. Of course you worry.

‘I think they’re half excited and half anxious about the championships at the moment, but once they get there I’m sure they’ll be fine.’