Aubrey Rayner is a nationally-ranked BMX bike rider

Huu-ay-aht youth races to top in BMX

Aubrey Rayner shakes up the BMX world.

PORT ALBERNI— Aubrey Rayner only started competing in BMX bike races this year, but right away won 10 straight events to make it to expert class, which helped her leave her mark on the sport.

The 10-year-old Huu-ay-aht youth, who lives in Parksville, discovered the sport about eight months ago, and since then she has been winning races and having a lot of fun.

“I’ve always like biking,” she says. “I used to mountain bike, but this is so much fun, and I really like to compete now.”

Since she started racing, Rayner has won a number of Vancouver Island championships in both girls class and cruiser races. The girls’ class features a 20-inch wheel on the bike and cruiser is for a 24-inch wheel.

At the end of the season, Rayner placed second in the province on her class bike. She was ranked fifth in class and fourth in cruiser going into the Grand National race in Chilliwack Oct. 10–12.

The national races featured the best riders from around the country, and Rayner proved she deserved to be there by being ranked fourth in cruiser and fifth in class for the 2014 race season.

She says by placing well in the 2014 season, she will have earned a lower number on her plate for the 2015 race season. In 2014 she was given No. 204, as it was her first year racing. Next year she will be given the No. 4 in class and No. 2 in cruiser.

The Grand Nationals mark the official end of the season for Rayner, but she says that doesn’t mean she won’t be riding this winter. She says she will be training and racing at the Abbotsford indoor track, as well as in the United States at the Peninsula indoor track.

She says she loves the sport because it is something she gets to do with her father, Stephen Rayner.

“My dad and I ride a lot together, it’s how I got started.”

And with the off-season ahead of her, she plans on doing a lot of riding with her dad.

“I really enjoy having something I can do with my dad,” she says. “I ride my bike with my friends, but they don’t do this kind of thing.”

She says through the sport she has made lots of friends, and she looks forward to continuing next season. She says lots of girls are getting into the sport, and that makes it a lot of fun.

As for her future goals, she wants to go to the Olympics.

“Next year I want to be No. 1,” she says, “so I have to keep riding my bike lots and training hard.”

Just Posted

Hurricane Katrina inspires Alberni author’s new novel

Jacqueline Swann brings message of climate change to life with story of fictional journalist

Port Alberni RCMP searching for missing teenage girl

16-year-old Lasheena Seward was reported missing from a group home on May 9

ARTS AROUND: Learn basket weaving at Port Alberni workshop

Campbell River artist Amy Dugas will teach Japanese random weaving techniques

Industrial Heritage Society takes vintage trucks to show in Reno, Nevada

Alberni Valley truckers to promote area’s resource-based heritage

Two Port Alberni dancers headed to provincials

Jordan Simpson and Nyah Fox dance at Elite Dance Academy

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Roadside device to weed out THC can’t detect impairment, B.C. lawyer says

‘This fact alone is likely to have serious implications for Canadians’ Charter Rights,’ lawyer Sarah Leamon warns

B.C. firefighters rescue frozen dog from ice

The fire crew found a dog stuck in the at Lake Paul on May 20

Most British Columbians agree the ‘big one’ is coming, but only 50% are prepared

Only 46 per cent of British Columbians have prepared an emergency kit with supplies they might need

B.C. man to pay Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party $20k over lawsuit

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Sitting and sleeping on downtown sidewalks could net $100 fine in Penticton

The measure, which still requires final approval, would be enforced between May and Sept. 30

Survey finds 15% of Canadian cannabis users with a valid licence drive within two hours of using

Survey also finds middle-aged men are upping their usage following legalization

Most Read