Kyle Evans determined to score hat-trick of UCI BMX Supercross final appearances in Chula Vista

Kyle Evans determined to score hat-trick of UCI BMX Supercross final appearances in Chula Vista

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Great Britain’s Kyle Evans is keen to end a strong season with another final appearance at the last round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Chula Vista, California on 26-27 September.

The 20-year-old from Wigan has had the best season of his career so far, making the supercross finals at the opening round in Manchester and in the third round in Berlin, leaving him in tenth overall.

But it has been when races haven’t gone his way when Evans has learned from the most. Experiences like missing the finals in Papendal in May and Argentina in September have been the catalyst for growth, as Evans explained.

"There have been times when it's been disappointing but that's where I've learned the most really,” Evans said.

"I've made mistakes and they’ve cost me, I've going out early and I've not made the final - they're the ones you learn from the most. As long as you look back on them and you realise what mistake you made then that helps me to move forward."

Despite setbacks in the Netherlands, where Evans exited in the semis, and Argentina, when a poor start saw him eliminated in the quarter finals, the Olympic Academy Programme athlete currently holds tenth spot in the overall rankings, tying on points with the Netherlands’ Jelle van Gorkom.

A strong ride in Chula Vista could see him help Great Britain bookend the world cup top ten, with teammate Liam Phillips currently leading.

Evans however is level-headed and wary of the competition.

"The Olympic qualification has started now so every world cup we go to is a strong world cup,” he cautioned.

“You have all the big names there because everyone wants to try to qualify as many spots as possible for the country. So you've got the likes of (Sam) Willoughby, (Maris) Strombergs and (Liam) Phillips - all the people that are going for that final so it's no easy job.

"At the end of the day I'm just here to do my best and keep focussed. If I focus on myself and deliver what I've got in the tank then there's no reason why I can't be in the final."

The Chula Vista track is part of the USA Olympic Training Center, the supercross track specifically built to mirror that of London 2012, with a further standard BMX track and a replica of the Beijing 2008 track making it a superb location for the final round of the 2014 competition.

The event begins with the qualification motos and time trial on the Friday before the finals on the Saturday. Thanks to maintaining a top-16 position, Evans can once again avoid the extra effort of the three-round qualifying phase and pass straight to the finals after taking part in the Friday evening time trial superfinal.

And along with teammates Liam Phillips and Tre Whyte, Evans has had the further advantage of dialling-in the track on a pre-race training camp.

“We were lucky to have two sessions on the track and not many people get a chance to do that,” said Evans, who has been balancing heat acclimatisation with track practice.

"It's been really hot so we've not been able to do masses of training and efforts, we've just been riding and getting the track dialled in.

"I'm hoping it's going to pay dividends when it comes to race day.

A place in the final on Saturday will cap-off a season which has seen Evans show composure and maturity on and off track. But looking beyond California, Evans has bigger targets in mind.

"The season as a whole has been a good one up to now,” said Evans. “I've achieved targets that I've set and obviously next year we'll aim higher."

Racing begins on Friday at 1:00pm local time with the elite motos. The finals begin at 1:05pm on Saturday.

Fans will be able to watch live video from Chula Vista on the British Cycling website. The qualifying motos and time-trial superfinal take place from 11pm on Friday evening with Saturday’s racing starting at 10pm.
Reports and reaction will also be on the British Cycling website.

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