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Cross-training speeds up BMX rider Josh Holland
Mountain biking and running has paid dividends for Josh Holland.
The Penticton BMX Club member capped a strong season by competing at provincials in Prince George in mid-August where he took first in the cruiser category. During provincials, Holland, 15, competed against riders his age and older. It was good for him as it pushed him to perform better. Holland also said it helped him adjust to bigger races.
Taking an interest in mountain biking and running has helped Holland improve his stamina, especially running. He competed in the Test of Humanity and was first in his age group. He also recently competed in a Summerland cross-country event put on by the Interior Running Association and finished first in his group.
Jeff Babuin, president of the Penticton BMX Club, said Holland has had an awesome season.
“He’s improved so much, got so fast this year,” said Babuin. “He’s done well at other races he’s gone to for provincials.”
Babuin said it was pretty good that Holland placed second behind Alex Tougas, 15, during an event. Tougas won 15 expert world championship in Australia.
Asked where Holland has improved the most and Babuin comes back to the speed factor. Babuin said he’s just driven for racing.
Watching Holland on the track at Lion’s Park, it’s easy to see.
Holland said he has gained confidence and enjoys racing older riders to improve.
“They are faster and more talented, I can learn from them,” said Holland, who looks up to Tougas.
Holland is determined to keep training so he can catch Tougas.
Holland has enjoyed the season and would like to see it keep going, but said he will go to the track on his own time when he can.