Young Melton cyclist Alfie Nott is getting used to climbing the podium – at the age of three.
Alfie began riding a balance bike when he was just 22-months-old and earlier this month celebrated his first race win in Birmingham.
Balance bikes are pedal-free bikes which children stride along to learn the balance and steering needed for riding a pedal bike.
Mum Lucy said: “From the moment he got it he took to it instantly and was riding around the skate parks and bmx tracks from the age of two.
“He got a pedal bike for his third birthday in January and was riding it within minutes.
“We didn’t need to put stabilisers on because of his experience on the balance bike which help with co-ordination and confidence.”
Despite being able to ride a pedal bike, young Alfie still loves his balance bike and was keen to get racing.
Children race in their year groups which start as early as two years through to five.
In June, Alfie took part in his first-ever Strider bike races at Birmingham BMX. He successfully negotiated three heats and a semi-final before finishing second in the final.
“From then he was addicted and couldn’t wait to race again,” Lucy added.
The family travelled down to Kent for the second race day at Cyclopark in Gravesend.
This time Alfie won all of his three heats as well as the semi-final, but came third in the final.
But his maiden victory was not long in coming.
Returning to Birmingham this month Alfie again won all of his heats and then made it third time lucky in the final.