BINMAN Dave Tindall is hoping to trash the opposition when he jumps into the record books next week - as the oldest rider to compete in Supercross.
Not that he’s expecting to win. At the age of 46, many of the riders will be less than half his age.
He says his bike is older than some of them.
But the South Yorkshire action man - who served 22 years in the Army and is a former national windsurfing champion - is gearing up to give it his best shot when he makes his debut in the Future West ACU British Supercross Championship at Sheffield Arena on Saturday, October 22.
“If I can stay upright and walk home I’ll be happy. I broke my collar bone, three ribs and punctured my lung the last time I competed in a race,” said the dad of two grown up sons.
“My partner, Kelly, frets about me. But she knows what I’m like.”
Dave, of Brampton, Barnsley, is currently working on the bins and as an agency lorry driver and he remains a Company Sgt Major in the TAs and recently completed a six-months tour of Afghanistan.
“It’s scary when people competing alongside you are 30 years younger. My eight-year-old Yamaha bike is older than some of the young competitors.”
John Hellam, organiser of the Future West event, said: “We don’t know anyone older who has ever competed. We salute him.
“It’s a spectacular sport, with bikes leaping through the air and racing. Exciting family entertainment.”
Sheffield biker Ryan Mason, aged 25, of Wincobank, is hoping to get on the podium. He said: “It’s great to have this in Sheffield - I’ll be hoping to do well in front of all my family and friends.”
Schoolboy Eddie Remmer, 14, of Huddersfield, is one of the youngest competitors and said: “I’d like to become world champion one day.”
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