PETERSFIELD-based Pedal 2 Pedal proved they were up for the fight on their latest race day.
The club travelled to south Wales to compete in Battle on the Beach – the UK’s only mountain-biking competition on sand.
And the team returned home with plenty to celebrate after picking up two third-place finishes.
Academy rider Fred Price led the way with bronze in the highly-competitive under-eight race.
Mum Karen then kept the feel-good factor going with a medal of her own in the women’s veterans’ race.
After making the most of the practice day 24 hours earlier, youngster Fred enjoyed a good start to his race, which incorporated a mixture of flowy single track, short sandy climbs and abandoned military tunnels at Pembrey Beach.
By the second bend, he had made his way into third position – a place he maintained throughout the 20-minute event as he avoided a series of crashes involving his rivals to claim his first podium finish of the season.
‘It was really great to see such a large turnout for the junior races,’ said team coach Hannah Attenburrow.
‘Fred did really well and put what he has learnt into practice.’
After the junior races, 600 adults from around the world descended on to the soft sands in their bid for glory.
Among them was Fred’s mum, Karen, who also saw off some stiff competition to claim a second medal for Pedal 2 Pedal.
Meanwhile, huge credit goes to Attenburrow, too, who finished seventh in the women’s open race.
Attenburrow established Pedal 2 Pedal in 2014, with the aim to develop mountain biking specifically for women and junior riders in the south east of England.
She said: ‘With the right techniques and coaching, I can help to get the most out of your mountain biking.
‘Whether that means feeling confident on red-graded trails, taking the kids out in the forest on their bikes or tackling a five-day stage race.
‘There is an added bonus of improving your health and fitness in the great outdoors.’
If you would like to join Pedal 2 Pedal for coaching or racing, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07837 971676.
– ALANA GILES