Published: 16 May 2013
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Great Britain BMX Academy riders Kyle Evans and Curtis Manaton will travel to Weiterstadt in Germany to contest rounds 5 and 6 of the UEC BMX European Series on 18 – 19 May.
Both the Brit boys have displayed good form so far this season which coach Marcus Bloomfield hopes will continue through to Germany.
Bloomfield, who has just returned from the second round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Argentina, will be travelling with his Academy team: “From the times I’ve been sent from Grant [White], they look to be going better than they have done going into previous races, now it’s just a case of applying what they do in training into a racing environment.”
Kyle and Curtis both competed in the opening rounds of the UEC BMX European Series in France, where Kyle made it through to the finals and Curtis to the semi-finals in the second round. A couple of weeks later they were in action again at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at their home track in Manchester. Kyle finished 6th overall in the Time Trial Super Final and backed that up by making it through to the quarter finals of the Supercross against some world class competition – a promising result from the young rider. Curtis set off to a solid start, qualifying an impressive 4th fastest in the Time Trial given the strength of the field. Unfortunately though, he unclipped in the Time Trial Super Final and suffered a heavy crash in the Supercross motos which hampered his chances. Curtis bounced back to dominate in the British BMX Series at Cyclopark in Kent the following weekend, winning both rounds.
In terms of what he’s expecting from Kyle and Curtis, who will line up against the likes of two-time Olympic champion Maris Strombergs (Latvia) in Germany, Bloomfield asserted: “It would be good if they can just deliver what they’re capable of, training suggests they’re going pretty well so as long as they can reflect that in the race then the results should take care of themselves.”
Explaining why he’s taking a small team to Germany, Marcus said: “There’s more work to do behind the scenes with the other Academy guys, they’re on board with what we’re trying to work towards and can see the bigger picture. So it’s important that they keep their heads down and as soon as their chance comes they’ll be ready to take it with both hands.”