Confidence was key to Rebecca’s big win

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BIKING in the Borders has never been as popular and last week yet another local youngster set out her stall on the national circuit.

At the Saracen British Downhill Series Round 3 UCI competition held at Innerleithen Rebecca Kennedy from Earlston won the senior women’s category in 3 minutes 47 seconds, a clear 12 second margin.

Rebecca, 18, has been competing in local and regional downhill competitions for three years and this year is completing the BASE downhill course at Borders College in Galashiels. She told TheSouthern: “I can’t believe I won. I came fifth at Fort William last month after falling off my bike at speed which winded me and shattered my confidence.

“I have been trying to calm myself at the start line, as I find the more relaxed the smoother my biking is and it is starting to work. I had no falls, and with perfect sunny weather for it, on my home tracks and supported by friends, college mates and tutors it was just wonderful. I cant wait to do it again.”

The local support for Rebecca doesn’t stop there as the youngster receives support from Lauderdale Renewables, Earlston, as well as Ettrick and Lauderdale Sports Council.

George Hardie, managing director of Lauderdale Renewables, said: “We have all watched Rebecca biking around Earlston with her long curly hair waving in the wind behind her for some years now. But this year it was clear that Rebecca was making a real step up in her efforts in the most extreme biking discipline there is.

“Not something many parents would be happy to support for their sons, yet alone daughters, but Rebecca’s determination, calmness, fitness and strength of attitude is starting to show through and Lauderdale Renewables are proud to help Rebecca in any way to reach her goal.”