British BMX riders bring World Cup season to a close

British BMX riders bring World Cup season to a close

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Bethany Shriever brought the curtain down on her UCI BMX Supercross World Cup season with a semi-final showing in round ten in Argentina.

The Brit missed out on a place in the main event after being blocked off in the first corner, unable to come through a field stacked with talent in Santiago.

Finishing eighth was perhaps an undeserved result but it represented an improvement on Saturday’s outing, missing out in the quarter-finals in round nine.

But another season at elite level is now in the books for the ever-improving Shriever, already a World Cup winner thanks to her stunning performance in Zolder last year.

Also wrapping up their World Cup campaigns were Kyle Evans, Paddy Sharrock and Quillan Isidore – with the latter looking to follow up his main event performance from a day previous.

It wasn’t to be for the British hotshot this time around, despite a strong start that saw him take the first jump in first position of his 1/8 final.

Eventual champion Niek Kimmann edged Isidore out of the lead and from there he struggled to find the room required to make the next round.

Teammate Sharrock was in the same heat, looking in good shape when taking the second corner in second position.

But the speed of approaching riders eventually took its toll, ending his season with a promising fifth-place showing in the 1/8 final – with experience and confidence aplenty to take into next year.

That included an impressive main event on his home Manchester track in round one of the Supercross season, taking to the start gate in each race since.

Evans has also enjoyed success throughout 2019, reaching the final in St Quentin in round six of the competition.

But a repeat of the feat wasn’t to come his way in Santiago, rounding off the year with a third successive 1/4 final after coming home in seventh.

Attentions will now turn to 2020 for the British contingent, with Australia hosting the first four rounds of competition in back-to-back weekends in February.

The World Cup then heads back to Manchester for rounds five and six on April 18-19, with the season culminating in May ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the summer.