Get into BMX
Published: 27 July 2014
Written by: Scott Hobro
Great Britain’s Tre Whyte produced the performance of his career to win bronze at the UCI BMX World Championships in Rotterdam.
The 20-year-old reacted quickest after being caught in a five-man crash in the elite men’s final and crossed the line behind Australian winner Sam Willoughby and Canada’s Tory Nyhaug.
"I’m really happy. I got a bit of luck in the final but other than that," Whyte said.
On the crash in the final, he added: "I hit a brick at the top of the corner and crashed. I just knew I had to get up quick. I just pedalled, I thought ‘just pedal’ and I took the turn tight.
"I couldn’t believe it when I crossed the line in third."
Whyte rode superbly through the knockout rounds to earn his place in the last eight.
And despite being at the back of the final at the end of the first straight, Whyte stayed within touching distance.
American Connor Fields then slipped causing a pile-up between Anthony Dean, Amidou Mir, David Herman, Edzus Treimanis and Whyte.
The Peckham-born rider got back to his feet first and maintained his composure to earn his first medal on the international stage.
Earlier Great Britain’s Liam Phillips saw his hopes of a second straight BMX world title end after a collision with France’s Damien Godet in Rotterdam.
Defending champion Phillips was leading his 1/8 final when Godet attempted to undercut the 25-year-old on the opening corner.
But the Frenchman hit Phillips and both crashed to the floor and out of the competition to the frustration of the Briton.
"It’s disappointing, he put a lot of hard work into it and sometimes you get some bad luck but I think that was more than bad luck," Great Britain BMX coach Grant White said.
"Damien Godet was in second in that 1/8 final. For sure look if you can pass Liam but when he works out that he can’t pass Liam he can stay there and he’s second. He takes himself and Liam out of the race."
Kyle Evans exited in the quarter-finals finishing fifth. The 20-year-old was edged out to the final qualifying place by American David Herman.
In the junior competition, Britain's Quillan Isidore and Valerie Zebrokova were knocked at the moto stage of the competition in the men's and women's categories respectively.