Casino teen wins Australian champion title in trial riding
CASINO trial riding competitor Brad Bryant can add Australian champion to his list of achievements.
Bryant, 16, won the junior division at the Australian championships in Victoria last week.
He also took out the NSW and Victorian state titles on his way to the big one.
"It was a pretty good feeling at the time," Bryant said.
"There are lot of good riders and some tough obstacles involved."
Trial riding requires balance, skill and concentration.
There is no seat on the bike so the riders are constantly using their legs.
Competitors score points by riding over obstacles on courses with boulders, streams, hill climbs, logs and drop-offs.
They are penalised if their feet touch the ground.
"I've been doing it for four or five years and it's pretty hard at first," Bryant said.
"It involves a lot of balance and your legs get really sore.
"But I've been pretty lucky with (avoiding) injuries and I enjoy it.
"If you fall off the bike you just try to get away from it before it hits you.
"There were some big logs and tough obstacles (course for the Australian championships)."
Bryant spends time honing his skills at various locations around New South Wales.
He will step up a division into youth competition at the Australian championships next year.
"I definitely need a lot more practice and it will be hard going up a grade," Bryant said.
"It's a massive sport in Spain and all through Europe; I'd like to go over there one day.
"I'm racing pretty much every weekend at the moment."
The Australian championships next year are in Tasmania.