Hanham's national BMX champ
Kaishu Flukes in action at the British BMX Championships, where he won the Cruiser title in his age group. Below, Kaishu with his brother Senshu, who came sixth in his category
A BMX rider from Hanham has won a national title and his younger brother is not far behind.
Kaishu Flukes, 13, won the 2021 Cruiser BMX British title for his age group at the British Championship held in Leicester. He also came sixth in the 20” category.
Brother Senshu, 10, came sixth in his category.
Both boys have honed their skills on the Longwell Green BMX Pump track. The track reopened in June following £15,000 refurbishment and resurfacing work by Oldland Parish Council.
Kaishu, a pupil at Wellsway School, took up racing when he was eight, inspired by his parents who were both keen racers when they were younger.
Dad Jamie, a family liaison officer for B&NES council, began taking Senshu out when he was five. Senshu is currently in his final year at Beacon Rise primary school.
The boys now train with Bath BMX in Odd Down, as well as Bristol BMX on Wednesday evenings.
Mum Yoshiko, head of design at The Fine Cheese Company in Bath, said she was grateful to the local community for facilities and support.
She said: “It’s really great that the track in Longwell Green has been repaired. It had got very rough and we couldn’t really use it, but now it’s really good. The boys can use it for a quick practice and Kaishu goes there with his friends.
“We really appreciate the work Steve Skidmore and the parish council have done to support local youngsters.I’m also very grateful to John Woods Cycle Repair Centre, who have been servicing the boys’ bikes for years.
“Their shop is just behind our house and we’ll often take in a bike that’s broken and say we need it for a race the next day, and they’ll always get it done for us. There’s a really sweet community spirit here and everyone has been very supportive.”
The family, who have lived in Hanham for 16 years, are planning a move to Keynsham in order to get more storage space for the 10 bikes they have between them.
Yoshiko said: “They both compete in two categories – cruiser and 20” – which means taking four bikes with us to every event. I’ve had to change my car for a van now. We also like to go mountain biking as a family, so we’re always transporting bikes around. The events take us all over the UK and abroad so we try to use the events as a holiday as well, because it does get expensive.”
The next big event for the boys will be the world championships in France next summer. The last two world championships, planned in America and the Netherlands, were both cancelled because of Covid restrictions. Kaishu and Senshu are keen to compete, because winning gives them the right to have a “W” number plate on their bike to show they are a world champion."
Cllr Steve Skidmore from Oldland Parish Council said: “This is an incredible achievement. It is testament for councils investing in sporting facilities that not only meet a local need, but the need for those like Kaishu and Senshu wishing to fulfil their potential and achieve their aspirations.”