Cycling Ireland – 25 July 2013
Cycling Ireland article – 25 July 2013
Batey Becomes BMX World Champion in New Zealand
Ireland’s top ranked BMX rider Kelvin Batey wins World Masters Title
Ireland’s top BMX Rider, Kelvin Batey (31), has won the World Title in the Masters event at the BMX World Championships in New Zealand. Racing in the powerful and technical cycling discipline, Batey qualified for the final by winning three rounds, and came through the quarter and semi-finals to win the Finals from Dorus Brink (NED) and Luke Pretlove (AUS). Batey took the Master’s title from the Pre-race Favourites Argentinian duo Becerine and Colombo, who crashed in the first corner in the final.
Batey missed qualifying for the Olympic Games last year by one point, and moved into the Master’s Category this year. He has already clocked up several podium places in the British National Series in the Elite category, in preparation for the World Championships, this year.
Speaking from New Zealand, an elated Batey, who has been racing since he was six years old, said “It’s taken 25 years, but it’s definitely worth the wait. Finally – World Champion.”
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