August 4, 2007
Albany -- Nine-year-old BMX rider Cole Accord is among the best in the world, and you can find him practicing in Albany on the track at the Parks of Chehaw.
Accord is about to enter the fourth grade at Tiftarea Academy, and recently finished fifth at the BMX World Championships in Victoria, British Columbia.
Almost two-thousand riders from 40 different countries around the world competed in the event, and Accord finished in the top group in his age bracket.
The young rider one of just eight to make it to the main event, after competing in six qualifying races.
Accord says the competition at the World Championships was a lot tougher than he's seen, but he was prepared.
"I was expecting for that," said Accord. "I was glad I went out there and made the main against riders I've never competed against, and I was kind of nervous about that."
Cole Accord's father Danny Accord says, "We sit with the parents of several of the Eastern United States Riders, some of the top riders in the country, and when it was all said and done, he was one of the few riders that went to the main."
Cole Accord's next race is the NBL National Championships Labor Day weekend in Louisville, followed by the NBL Fall Classic at the Parks at Chehaw.