Brothers’ wheel of fortune

BMX aces: Alex (left) and Ryan Brookes

BMX aces: Alex (left) and Ryan Brookes

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Watching their heroes battle it out for Olympic BMX glory has whetted the appetite of two Leyland brothers.

Promising bikers Ryan (10) and nine-year-old Alex Brookes were trackside in August when the world’s best BMX racers gathered in London, gunning for a coveted Olympic gold medal.

And after watching Latvian Maris Strombergs and Mariana Pajon, of Columbia, storm to gold in the respective men and women’s events, the youngsters are aiming to follow in their footsteps in years to come.


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