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What is balance bike racing?

A four-year-old Leicestershire boy is gearing up to take part in the Balance Bike National championships in Manchester.

Thomas Ayers, who lives in Broughton Astley, will compete in his age group in September.

What is balance bike racing?

Balance bikes were first designed to introduce children to biking without stabilisers. The bikes, which have no pedels, are powered by children running. The framework is made of plastic and with no pedals or brakes, the bikes are free from greasy chains.

Children can start using balance bikes from the age of two.

Four-year-old balance bike rider on track for national competition

Thomas Ayers racing around the dirt track in Leicestershire Credit: ITV News Central

A four-year-old boy from Leicestershire is hoping to be crowned a national champion in balance bike riding.

Thomas Ayers, who lives in Broughton Astley, is in serious training to try and clinch the title as the best rider for his age group at the British Championships in Manchester in September.

His mother, Kim Brown, says he's a 'speed junkie with no fear!'