From age 13 I have been competing in the British downhill series with good results staying inside the top 10 every race and being the youngest in my race category. Unfortunately, COVID 19 restrictions prevented me from racing at the top of my age category, denying me potential wins and sponsorships.
I was thrilled to enter my first race in over a year this May Day weekend of 2021. I won the Gravity Event round one by 3 seconds in the youth category (age 15-16) and also achieving 23rd overall. My success and happiness was sadly interrupted following an overnight stay at the Premiere Inn East Leeds. During the night a man in a Vauxhall was spotted on CCTV breaking into my dad's van and stealing my 2016 Transition Patrol bike and 2 new front wheels for my race bike. Fortunately, we had the race bike with us in the room. The police were unable to get the number plate and due to the volume of bike theft do not have the capacity to follow this up. Dad's car insurance have denied any compensation and now I have no bike to train and practice on. We live on Dartmoor and I train in the woodland and hills close to me but my race bike gearing won't accommodate the hills. I used my enduro most evenings to train on and now can't do this. My family recently supported funding of my race bike and currently are unable to replace my training bike. No training will potentially reduce my chances of success in making it to the World Cup's.
Please follow the link to my instagram account (Alfieheming1)to get an idea of my talent and promise for a future in the extreme elite sport of downhill mountain biking. If you like seeing the pictures and videos of me doing some skilled riding please consider contributing a little towards replacing my training bike that was stolen by thoughtless criminals. In return I shall be grateful and do my best to make into the World Cup races.
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