JUST two years after entering the competitive world of the adrenalin-fuelled sport of four-cross racing, Jordan Lund is celebrating being crowned national junior champion.
The recently turned 18-year-old from Ingham, near Bury St Edmunds, could never have imagined pedalling round the dirt pit in Great Barton with his friends would lead to him winning the British National 4X Championships.
But at Harthill in Cheshire, he won through a series of heats to blow out the rest of the competition and is now edging ever closer to clinching the Schwalbe British 4X Series, being around 100 points clear with three rounds of the seven to race.
Four-cross is described as a form of mountain bike racing where four riders race down a dirt track on specially adapted bikes with front but no back suspension.
Reflecting on his triumph in Cheshire, Lund, a former pupil of Thurston Community College who praised the school for all their support as he was making his early steps into the sport, said: “It was such a great feeling and really amazing.
“It was such a relief that all my winter training paid off.
“It had been quite nervy at the start as quite a few people were routing for me.”
Lund, who got into four-cross racing through his schoolfriend Jake Ward who now lives outside London and is ranked third in the country in national downhill, harnessed his bike skills at Bury’s council-funded skatepark off Western Way.
The former Westley Middle School pupil has so far won four of the five opening rounds of the Schwalbe British 4X Series in the 16-18 year-old junior category with a double-header coming up next weekend near Westwood Hoe, north Devon.
The series then culminates on a brand new track at Afan Bike Park in South Wales, with Lund a great position to win it in just his second full year.
“I have one every race but one so far and I am just trying to keep it going,” he said. “I am trying not to calculate it (how many points he needs to win) as I want to win every race and I will be trying as hard as I can.”
With a specially-adapted bike costing around £4,000 and a lot of travelling to do, Lund is very grateful to his 15 sponsors, which include the series sponsor tyre-maker Schwalbe and his Ely-based cycle specialist employer Ison Distribution as well as their linked company Identiti, for allowing him to take part.