Whyte hopes to shine bright at BMX World Cup

17 April 2015 / 11:46

World bronze medallist Tre Whyte hopes home advantage will be decisive at this weekend's BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester.

Whyte, 21, joined British Cycling's academy programme in 2011 and is making a third appearance at his home event.

But this year there's an added pressure following his bronze medal in Rotterdam, when he reacted quickest after a five-man crash to seize a surprise podium spot.

"It’s our home track, we train here and in Manchester we always get the best atmosphere, every year," he said.

"It’s going to be a big race. It's the start of the World Cup season so just being able to compete in it is massive and I’m hoping to do well.

"You can put a bit of pressure on yourself if you’re thinking about points to qualify for the Olympics, or about competing in front of a home crowd with your friends and family.

"But I look forward to the pressure of racing in the big races and it's all about making that team for Rio.

"I'm really excited for this year. Last year I managed to do well but and I’ve had a decent block of training, so hopeful I can build on 2014 now.

"We’re going to do a lot of racing this year because we do have Olympic qualification to think about.

"Being a world medallist sort of puts a target on your back but I'm just excited to be racing."

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