Evans had been on the British Cycling radar from the age of 14 and joined the BMX Academy when it was re-established in December 2011, at the age of 18.
His potential saw him named as reserve, to Liam Phillips, in Britain’s home Olympics just eight months later with the youngster setting his sights on selection for Rio.
The following year saw Evans make his mark on the world stage, at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester where he finished sixth overall in the time trial and reached the quarter-finals of the supercross event.
At the same event in 2014, Evans performed even better, qualifying for the finals and finishing fifth overall, beating some of the sport’s big names in the process.
There were also significant wins in the UEC European BMX Cup for Evans in 2015 as he won rounds nine and 10, both in Birmingham.
Evans’s major breakthrough, however, came on his home track at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup where he stood on the podium for the first time, finishing second behind team mate Phillips.
The UCI BMX World Championships in Medellin, Colombia, followed in May where Evans missed out on a top-16 finish in the time trial by less than half a second.
But his form had been sufficient for the British Cycling Team to select him to one of the two places available to them in the men’s race in Rio.
There, Evans qualified in 21st place in the seeding run before finishing seventh in his heat over the three runs of his quarter-final, exiting at that stage of the competition.
Two years later, Evans claimed his first international title on a memorable day in Glasgow. At the European Championships, Evans made his way through the rounds to line-up in the final, alongside young team-mate Kye Whyte, with both benefiting from the backing of the partisan home crowd.
Evans seized the occasion and the opportunity, riding superbly to become European champion for the first time in his career, in front of Whyte who claimed silver, as Britain occupied the top two spots on the medal podium.
|UEC BMX European Championships, Glasgow (United Kingdom)||Elite men||Gold|
|UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, Manchester (UK)||Elite Men||Silver|
|UEC European BMX League Round 10, Birmingham (UK)||1st|
|UEC European BMX League Round 9, Birmingham (UK)||1st|