Preview: British BMX Series heads to Derby for rounds six and seven

Preview: British BMX Series heads to Derby for rounds six and seven

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The British BMX Series visits Derby this weekend for rounds six and seven of the 2014 series.   

With 10 rounds in total and each rider’s top eight results counting to their overall ranking, gaps have started to appear in the standings.

Dan McBride (Decoy BMX Club) leads the elite men’s competition with 195 points at the halfway stage.

He holds an advantage of over 30 points to Jacob Roberts (Manchester BMX Club) in second with Kelvin Batey (Balby Academy Of Sport – BMX) completing the top three with 143.5 points.

British BMX champion McBride’s sole win so far came at the Kent Cyclopark but consistently high finishes since then have allowed the 20-year-old to maintain pole position.

The top three are all expected to start in the East Midlands and with a potential 54 points on offer to the winner of each round McBride’s position is not safe.

Great Britain’s Tre Whyte is listed to contest round six on Saturday but will miss Sunday’s round seven.

The Peckham-born rider was in action at the UCI BMX Supercross in Berlin early last month and his record in the British BMX Series this year is strong: two wins from the three rounds he has raced at.  

The championships women’s competition sees the top three riders separated by just 11 points after five rounds.

Great Britain and Manchester BMX Club rider Valerie Zebrokova tops the rankings on 198.5 points though she has yet to win a round.

The 16-year-old has put together a number of top-five finishes but is closely followed by Joey Gough of Norwich Flyers BMX Racing Club on 197.5 points.

Gough has had the better Zebrokova’s at the last three rounds and if she can continue that pattern she would take the ascendency in Derby.

Third-place Ayesha McLelland (Gosport BMX Club) is also set to start as is Abbie Taylor, who currently lies in fifth.

Taylor though, has two wins from her three appearances in the series and is still able to make up the ground to the top, currently holding 156 points.

Racing starts at 12.30pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

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