On a bike it was love at first ride

KYLE Jaehne's sporting path was laid out early — very early.

"He started at three and a half when he was in preschool," said mother Leanne of her son's BMX riding through older brother Declan's coercion.

"He didn't really have a choice. He was told 'you're on a bike'."

No coercion was needed from there.

It was love at first ride.

That continuing passion led the now 13-year-old to the recent world titles in Auckland, whence he brought back a coveted plate to Penrith BMX Club after finishing fourth in his final.

"He's very dedicated," Mrs Jaehne said of her son's passion.

And so are his parents in their roles as unpaid taxi drivers, driving him to races and championships all over the countryside most weekends of the year.

Kyle is determined too.

"He's had two broken hands," his mother said of mishaps in the past year. "He was out of plaster for just six weeks and then he broke the other one."

His Auckland placing came in the 13-14 boys cruiser class, earning him a world ranking of 4W.

"I was thrilled to have made my dreams come true after training so hard," said Kyle, after having qualified through local, state and national titles.

"The atmosphere was electric."

He wasn't the only Penrith rider soaking up the atmosphere.

Jordan Lecher, Nicole Docherty, Sandy Cameron, Kristy-Lee and Jay Martin also qualified.

Kyle's next important ride, and the next major parental drive, will be to the state titles in October.

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