Tre Whyte keen to build on BMX worlds showing

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Great Britain’s Tre Whyte wants to follow his world championship bronze medal with strong performances at the final two rounds of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.

The 19-year-old delivered the biggest result of his career in July as he finished behind Sam Willoughby and Tory Nyhaug in Rotterdam.    

He returns to international competition in Santiago del Estero, Argentina on 6-7 September before a visit to Chula Vista in California three weeks later for the finale of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.

Whyte, who is joined by Liam Philips and Kyle Evans for Great Britain in South America, is keen to prove his display in the Netherlands was not a one-off.   

“The result brought me a lot of confidence but I want to maintain that, so I guess it makes me push a bit more to back it up in the next year,” Whyte said.

“I haven’t got on the stage yet so I don't know how I'm going to feel going into the race.

“Chula Vista is always the big one at the end of the year. Being able to do the two races is a massive experience, coming off the world championships.

Currently ranked outside the top 16 in the series after three of the five rounds, Whyte will have to contest Saturday's qualifying motos in order to race on Sunday.

“It's obviously going to be hard, it's a world cup. I'm quite nervous, I will probably put more pressure on myself than there actually is just because I want to do well but other than that we'll just see how it goes.”

“I am looking forward it. It's going to be quite nerve-wracking.  I want to be able to back up. I don't want to be doing what I did before."

The Peckham-born rider had struggled to find his form earlier in season.

After exiting at the quarter-final stage at April's opening round of the world cup in Manchester, he missed the following event in Papendal and was knocked out in the motos in Berlin.

But he believes the experience gained from a busy season of racing both domestically and internationally is starting to pay dividends as he aims to put together a consistent run of results.

“This year I have done a lot more races than I have ever done before,” Whyte said.

“Even though they didn’t all go really well I was getting the experience and got the result at the right time. Now I've got that experience and I can hopefully perform at these big races. 

“Before this year I didn't have as much experience as I'd like to. I've done loads of weeks of racing on the bounce and I had managed to perform so now I just want to keep performing at that high level.”

The Santiago del Estero UCI BMX Supercross World Cup takes place on Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 September.

Fans will be able to watch the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup live with video on the British Cycling website.

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