Great Britain Cycling Team had a mixed round one at the 2017 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup as positive performances went unrewarded in Papendal on Saturday.
Rio Olympian Kyle Evans, along with Senior Academy riders Paddy Sharrock and Quillan Isidore, exited in the quarter-finals of the men’s competition.
Tre Whyte had earlier been knocked out in the 1/8 finals while his younger brother Kye, 17, showed his potential at his world cup debut before a slow start saw him miss out in the 1/16 finals.
In the women’s competition, 18-year-old Beth Shriever went out in the quarter-finals as Blaine Ridge-Davis reached the 1/8 finals.
Home favourite Laura Smulders won the women’s’ event while France’s Sylvain Andre triumphed in the men’s competition.
Youngsters show potential
Britain’s youngsters had impressed in the earlier rounds of the new format world cup - which has seen motos removed and replaced with a straight knockout system - barring a ‘last chance’ round after the opening heats.
Six of the seven Great Britain Cycling Team riders in the Netherlands qualified straight from round one into the 1/32 finals for the men or 1/8 finals for the women - with Ridge-Davis progressing via the last chance round.
Britain’s five men made all got the required top-four finish in their respective 1/32 finals to progress to the 1/16 finals, where a poor start cost Kye Whyte before he crashed in the final straight attempting to make up the gap.
Kye’s older brother Tre exited in the 1/8 finals after falling on the second straight in his heat, before Evans, Sharrock and Isidore saw their afternoons end in the following round.
Evans was sixth in his quarter-final, with Sharrock going to ground in the opening straight of his heat.
Isidore had started strongly to sit in second but crashed out on the second bend, appearing to come together with Dutch rider Twan van Gendt.
Ridge-Davis was unable to make up the ground after a slow start in her 1/8 final. Shriever, who has won all four rounds of the UEC BMX European Cup so far this season, took fourth to progress from the 1/8 final before a fall on the second straight in the quarter-finals ended her day.