Word from the top - April 2016

Word from the top - April 2016

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There are just over 100 days to go until the Rio Olympics get underway and that means it’s a really busy time of year for all of our teams across multiple disciplines.

Liam Phillips made history in Manchester once again as he continued his UCI BMX Supercross World Cup dominance at the National Cycling Centre.

We’ve hosted a UK round of the world cup in Manchester in each of the last four years – and Liam has won them all.

Liam Phillips

There was also an excellent second place for Kyle Evanshis first world cup medal. Those performances were even more pleasing given the recent changes made to the track at the National Cycling Centre; changes which have made the course harder, faster and more in line with what our riders will face in Brazil this summer.

We also saw a brilliant world cup debut from 16-year-old Bethany Shriever with some fantastic riding from the youngster to reach the semi-finals.

The next round of the world cup takes place in the Netherlands next month, closely followed by the UCI BMX World Championships in Colombia in late-May.

Liam, Kyle and Bethany will be representing the Great Britain Cycling Team in Medellin and it’s shaping up to be a very special world championships.

A number of our young riders have been in action on the road or mountain bike trails across Europe this month.

Jon Dibben

Fresh from his maiden world title on the track in London, Jon Dibben took a brilliant second place in the under-23 Tour of Flanders.

We also saw podium places in the Swiss Cup, part of the UCI MTB Junior XCO series, as cyclo-cross under-23 world champion Evie Richards took third place in the elite race, with Sophie Wright third in the junior event.

As the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup heads down under this weekend, it’s great to see British riders winning in the downhill.

World champion Rachel Atherton won in round one in France as part of an all-British podium alongside Manon Carpenter and Tahnee Seagrave. The event in Cairns also kicks-off this year’s cross-country competition, with Olympic qualifying points up for grabs.

Next weekend brings the return of one of the most popular events on the road racing calendar – Le Tour de Yorkshire.

Lizzie Armitstead

The women’s tour will see local hero and world champion Lizzie Armitstead in action – joined by, amongst others, Emma Pooley who makes her return to Great Britain Cycling Team colours.

A young team will represent Great Britain in the men’s race, with names from our Rider Route scheme set to tackle the three-day event alongside the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull and Andy Tennant representing Team Wiggins and Peter Kennaugh in the colours of Team Sky.