CHEADLE'S Ricky Pedder is reminding everyone why he is rated as one of the best off-road motorcyclists in the country. The 28-year-old firefighter won the recent prestigious Red Marley Hill Climb in Worcestershire.
Pedder beat a 140-strong field to win both the over-350cc class and the all-comers category on his Phil Edwards' Triumph Metisse. He also recorded the second fastest time of the day.
Ex-paratrooper Pedder has an excellent pedigree for motorsport.
His father Bryan competed in Isle of Man TT races and at one time was ranked fourth in the world in F1 sidecar racing, while his mum Janet was ladies national banger racing champion in 1995.
Pedder has made a great start to the 2104 off-road championship series, after finishing fourth overall last year. He won the first meeting on his Triumph 650.
Pedder was crowned British pre-1965 bikes scrambling champion two years ago.
He said: "Growing up, I was always out watching my mum or dad racing and when I wasn't doing that, then I was off riding my bike in the woods.
Pedder is grateful for the support he receives from sponsors Rakeway Engineering, Wheel 'n' Tyres and Phil Edwards – and not least, his family and girlfriend Ellie.
He said: "I couldn't have done this without my family, who have been supporting me so much.
"I also owe a big thank you to Ellie for putting up with me spending so much time doing my bikes when I should be with her."