Cycling starlet aiming to bunny hop her way to the top!

Top BMX rider Carla Herron (12) from Stepps 26.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Top BMX rider Carla Herron (12) from Stepps 26.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A BRILLIANT BMX racer is riding high after qualifying for the world championships.

Carla Herron (12) is now seventh in the UK in the 11-12 girls national standings – number one in Scotland.

She booked her place for the 2012 event with a stunning performance at the BMX National Championships in Manchester.

The Chryston High pupil has been the Scottish BMX champion in her age category for the last two years.

Carla, who took up BMX riding three years ago, said: “I feel really excited and happy to have got through.

“I love BMX riding and I get really excited when I’m doing it because all the adrenaline is running through you and you don’t think about what’s happening, you just do it.

“I just missed out on qualifying last year so hopefully I can do well at the Worlds next year.”

Carla finished fifth in the British Championships in Manchester last month and is currently fifth in the UK in the 11-12 girls regional rankings.

Carla, who is a member of the Cumbernauld Centurions BMX club, has won a series of titles since taking up the sport, including the Scottish Open. She now hopes to continue her success in BMX riding and is keen to make a career out of the sport in the future.

David Herron, Carla’s dad and coach for the last two years, said: “I’m over the moon about how well she’s done.

“She’s got the ability and the speed and if we can get her focused and keep her interested in the sport she can progress. However, without XL Roofing this would not have happened – without their sponsorship we would not be at these events.”