The 2018 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup season is already in full swing but another double-header weekend will see Britain’s best strut their stuff in Zolder, Belgium from 12-13 May.
Among them is Quillan Isidore, who celebrated a career-best result on Sunday when finishing in fourth place in Papendal – one day after reaching the quarter-finals in the Netherlands.
He is one of seven riders competing for the Great Britain Cycling Team, with Kye Whyte returning from injury, though Quillan’s brother Tian misses out with a broken collarbone.
About the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup
Held over four weekends and two continents, the UCI BMX Supercross features eight rounds of racing.
Last month saw rounds one and two take place in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, while action quickly swept into the Netherlands last weekend before these upcoming rounds five and six in Belgium.
The final racing for rounds seven and eight is in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, on 29-30 September.
Racing begins with round one, where the top four riders from each heat progress directly to the next stage - the qualifiers. Those who do not get through at this stage enter the last chance round - where the top two make it through to the qualifiers.
Subject to the total number of riders competing, the qualifiers see a number of heats take place with the top four progressing to the next round, until just eight riders remain for the final - the winner of this race is crowned the world cup round winner.
Riders receive points based on their overall finishing position in each round, with a men’s and women’s world cup champion declared at the end of the competition.
Quillan Isidore, on a high after his Papendal performance on Sunday, will line up alongside senior squad team mates Kyle Evans, Paddy Sharrock, Tre Whyte and brother Kye Whyte, who returns from injury to contest the next rounds.
Isidore himself is on the comeback this season having suffered a broken leg last year, though brother Tian will have to watch this one from the sidelines after a collarbone blow.
Development squad riders Elissa Bradford and Ross Cullen will also take to the start line in Great Britain colours in the elite races across the weekend.
Evans was also among those impressing last time out, reaching the semi-finals before an unfortunate crash saw his hopes of top spot come to an end.
Meanwhile Sharrock produced a set of solid rides to reach the quarter-finals in the Netherlands, a race in which he continued his comeback from injury, with Tre Whyte and Cullen in the 1/16 finals.
This weekend also holds extra significance, with selection for this year’s UCI BMX Supercross World Championships taking place following the two rounds in Zolder.
Great Britain Cycling Team for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, Zolder, Belgium
There will be a familiar feeling to Belgium for the Great Britain Cycling Team, with five of those who competed there last year back in action for 2018.
Once again a trip to Zolder falls immediately after two rounds in Papendal, with this just the second time the Belgian municipality has held the BMX Supercross World Cup.
The club, established in 2008, lies in the centre of Heusden-Zolder with the 384m-long BMX track housing one pro section, with the bends and track allowing all-weather racing.
The schedule (UK times)
Round one – Saturday 12 May
12.45pm – Men’s round one
1.45pm – Women’s round one
1.55pm – Men’s last chance
2.20pm – Women’s last chance
2.55pm – Men’s 1/16 finals
3.25pm – Women’s 1/8 finals
3.50pm – Men’s 1/8 finals
4.15pm – Women’s 1/4 finals
4.25pm – Men’s 1/4 finals
4.40pm – Women’s 1/2 finals
4.55pm – Men’s 1/2 finals
5.15pm – Women’s finals
5.25pm – Men’s finals
Round two - Sunday 13 May
12.00pm – Men’s round one
12.50pm – Women’s round one
1.10pm – Men’s last chance
1.35pm – Women’s last chance
2.10pm – Men’s 1/16 finals
2.40pm – Women’s 1/8 finals
3.05pm – Men’s 1/8 finals
3.30pm – Women’s 1/4 finals
3.40pm – Men’s 1/4 finals
3.50pm – Women’s 1/2 finals
4.10pm – Men’s 1/2 finals
4.30pm – Women’s finals
4.40pm – Men’s finals
How to follow
- Live coverage via BMX Live TV
- Updates on British Cycling’s Twitter
- Report from each round will appear on the British Cycling website