Whyte keen to step up as UCI BMX Supercross visits Manchester

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Tre Whyte hopes the experience he gained from 2013 can help him at the opening round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester.

The 20-year-old from Peckham is part of a five-person Great Britain squad as the National Cycling Centre welcomes some of the best BMX riders in the world from 18-19 April.

“I'm getting stronger so I just need to put that on to the bike now,” said Great Britain Olympic Academy Programme athlete Whyte.

“It's our home track. We train on it all the time. I’m bit stronger than last year, a bit more experienced so I'm aiming for a bit more to be fair. I think I can put in a good ride.”

In 2013, Whyte reached the quarter-finals at his world cup debut in Manchester before earning a second appearance in the series in Chula Vista, reaching the semi-finals.

Whyte said he is a better athlete for the experience and now wants apply the lessons learnt from last year when the competition returns to Great Britain’s training base.

“The biggest thing I've learnt is just to focus on myself instead of worrying about whoever is on the track or whoever I am next to,” said Whyte, who is a Go-Ride ambassador.

“It's your race so (focus on) going out and doing what you can do.”

He has now set his sights on career-best result in the world cup with a spot in Saturday’s final the target.

“To make the semi-final, that is a first step, I'll be pretty happy with that,” Whyte said.

“But after the year of training and how it is going I want to be making the final and making a name for myself, getting on the stage, starting it off with a good result.

“Obviously it's going to be hard but I didn't even make the semi-final last year so to make the final, I'd be really happy.”

Whyte is joined by world champion Liam Phillips and Kyle Evans in the Great Britain squad for the elite men’s contest.

Charlotte Green and Abbie Taylor have been selected to compete in the elite women’s contest.

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