Great Britain Cycling Team’s Beth Shriever is going into Saturday’s UEC BMX European Championships confident and ready to achieve gold.
Shriever will be racing in the junior women’s event at the championships in Bordeaux, France on 15 July with a European crown on the line.
The 18-year-old is hoping to follow in the steps of Shanaze Reade, who won the junior women's European title back in 2006.
“I am going into the European Championships confident and hopefully I can take that gold medal but anything can happen in BMX, so I’ve got to take each step as it comes,” Shriever said.
Shriever was last on the international stage at the the eighth round of the UEC European BMX Cup in Verona, where she won - one of five wins in the 2017 series.
“I have been riding very well at all the events I’ve done and I’ve been taking confidence from that for each race.”
Shriever has also competed in the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup this season, racing at all four rounds.
The 2016 world time trial silver medallist came out with a career-best result of sixth in Papendal, Netherlands, where she also managed to race against her hero, double Olympic champion Mariana Pajon.
“It’s been very good for me,” Shriever.
“It’s definitely helped with my experience as a rider, riding with some of the top athletes all round the world. Some of these girls have been to the Olympics which is unbelievable.
“It’s quite mind blowing really that I’m in the mix with them. It’s definitely helped with my confidence and experience and it has put me in a very good place leading up to the European and world championships.”
“Obviously the experience from these smaller races is incredibly valuable to the bigger events coming up; something that you cannot gain from training is the experience.”
How to follow #EuroBMX17
- Watch junior and under-16 races live on the UEC website, watch elite finals on Eurosport.
- Follow @BritishCycling on Twitter for updates .
- A full report will appear on the British Cycling website.