Great Britain Cycling Team shine in the rain at BMX World Championships

Great Britain Cycling Team shine in the rain at BMX World Championships

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Great Britain Cycling Team showed all of their promise despite a difficult day in the wet at the UCI BMX Supercross World Championships.

Sustained heavy rain in Zolder, Belgium affected both finals involving Brits as crashes befell in-form Kye Whyte and junior contenders Ryan Martin and Ross Cullen.

In motos and qualifying finals the trio flaunted the form that saw Whyte win a home World Cup stage in April and the junior pair claim medals at the recent European Championships.

Whyte won all three of his motos and didn’t drop a lap all afternoon, claiming six wins from six and finding searing speed on the first straight in particular.

The talented youngster saw off 2017 world champion Corben Sharrah in his quarter-final and was quicker than eventual winner Twan van Gendt at the first knockout stage.

But the 19-year-old was out slow in the final and got caught up right at the tail end of a mass crash on the second bend, picking himself up to finish fifth.

It was a similar story of early dominance for Cullen and Martin, who combined for a one-two at the European Juniors a fortnight ago in Latvia.

Cullen, 18, claimed four wins from four up front and Martin won his quarter-final, the pair finishing second and third to seal safe passage into the final.

Cullen was out hot and led at the first split but lost grip on the first bend, his fellow countryman also hitting the track as they finished seventh and eighth respectively.

“You always want to win, you always want to podium and I knew it was in there on the day,” said Cullen, who has been a star performer on the European Cup circuit this season.

“But that’s the sport. I was happy with how consistent I was on the day and throughout the season.

“I’ve been doing a lot of hard work with the guys at British Cycling. It’s been a good season and this hasn’t put a dampener on it at all.”

Among the elite men Kyle Evans looked good in the motos but fell short in his first knockout race, with Quillan Isidore, Paddy Sharrock and Tre Whyte ending their days after motos.

In the junior men, Matthew Hutt made it through to the knockout rounds in third but fell at the first hurdle while Joel Clarke finished sixth.

Meanwhile, Beth Shriever was red-hot in the elite women and began with a bang claiming two wins and a third-placed finish from motos.

The 2017 junior world champion couldn’t make it any further however, bowing out at the semi-final stage.

And junior women rider Ellie Featherstone was unlucky to miss out on qualification after a sixth-placed finish scuppered her hopes, having finished second and third in her first motos