Schoolboy champion Tim Parker is fastest in the world
A CORNISH pupil officially became the fastest boy in the world on his first attempt.
Tim Parker won the world championships for human powered vehicles (HPV).
With an average speed of almost 30mph, Tim proved himself the fastest junior in the world on a machine powered purely by physical strength.
The 13-year-old from Stithians, who attends Penair School in Truro, was battling youngsters up to the age of 16 from across Europe at the contest in Kent.
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He said: "I was quite surprised to win it because it was my first ever race in the HPV world.
"There's quite a lot of adrenaline pumping around your body at that sort of speed."
The junior world champion title was given to the rider with the most points overall after four races.
Tim was riding what is known as a 'fully-faired recumbent trike' – a three-wheeled bicycle low to the ground which the rider sits back in covered by an aerodynamic shell.
Tim's father Chris Parker is a director of Falmouth-based Ice Trikes, the company that produced the machine.
Mr Parker said: "I'm amazed and chuffed to bits. He went a lot faster than I had dreamt he would.
"During the race he was averaging 28mph – that's the kind of speed they average in the Tour de France. He did extremely well."
Mr Parker said the recumbent bicycle was banned from racing with other cycles in the 1930s because of its speed advantage.
The business sells its tricycles – with a starting price of approximately £2,000 – across the world.
Other employees also picked up prizes at the contest with Ben Dickinson taking the multi-track world champion title.
Tim will now be working on training for next year's championships in Germany where he hopes to defend his title.