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British Cycling Announces GB Team For UCI BMX World Championships in Birmingham

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Published 17 May 2012

UPDATED MAY 18: Kyle Evans will not race the world championships. British Cycling's doctor confirmed: “Kyle injured his shoulder in training yesterday and required hospital treatment. He is travelling back to Manchester today where he will receive further treatment.”

British Cycling has today confirmed the seven Olympic Programme riders who have been selected to compete in the elite event at the forthcoming UCI BMX World Championships taking place at the NIA in Birmingham from 24 – 27 May.

British Cycling’s Olympic Podium riders Shanaze Reade and Liam Phillips have both made selection, with Shanaze looking to win back her Supercross World Champion title – an accolade she has won three times out of her five years as an Elite rider. She enters the competition as the current TT World Champion. Shanaze and Liam will be joined by five riders from the recently re-established BMX Academy including Abbie Taylor who won the Silver medal in the Junior Women’s category at the World Championships last year. The only Academy rider to miss selection is Dan McBride, who is still recovering from injury.

Speaking of selection, National BMX Coach Grant White said: “As this is the final major event before the Olympics, we are hoping for some strong performances from the Podium athletes. For the Academy riders, we felt that a home World Championships is a fantastic opportunity for them to gain further experience against a top International field. The whole team is looking forward to having the support of a home crowd behind them at what should be a great event.”

GB Team For UCI BMX World Championships in Birmingham

Men’s Elite:
Liam Phillips
Kyle Evans - injured, will not race (May 18)
Grant Hill
Curtis Manaton
Tre Whyte

Women’s Elite:
Shanaze Reade
Abbie Taylor