Eight BMX Stars to Look Out For
The European BMX Championships are coming to Scotland this August as part of Glasgow 2018 – and even fans who have never been to a BMX event before are in for a treat.
As well as being contested on a brand new multi-million pound Glasgow BMX centre, the championships will see some of the best riders in the world compete for continental glory.
Tickets for BMX events at Glasgow 2018 can be bought here – www.glasgow2018.com/bethere-bmx
British Cycling and the European federations have yetto formally announce their teams, but here are EIGHT stars who could light up the competition:
Beth Shriever, Great Britain
Beth Shriever, 19 from Essex, is the current Junior BMX World Champion and the young rider will be looking to take the next big step in her career with a place in Britain’s European Championships squad.
Beth secured a dramatic victory at the 2017 World Championships in Rock Hill, USA, when a late burst saw her overtake Australian Saya Sakakibara in the junior women’s race to win gold.
No British women have qualified for the Olympics to date, but Shriever has stated her ambition to change that with a place at Tokyo 2020.
A strong showing in Glasgow could pave the way…
Laura Smulders / Merel Smulders (Netherlands)
Laura Smulders and Merel Smulders are BMX cycling sisters from the Netherlands. Laura is the oldest at 24, while Merel is 19.
Laura competed at the 2012 Olympics in London where she staged an incredible performance to win bronze in the famous orange kit of the Netherlands.
Since then both sisters have spearheaded a Dutch domination within the sport of BMX. At the 2018 World Championships in Azerbaijan, the sisters shared the winning podium, with Laura winning gold, and Merel earning a silver medal.
Laura has said in the past that training with her sister makes them both stronger. For BMX fans sake, let’s hope they can spur each other on to exciting performances at Glasgow 2018.
Joris Daudet, France
Two-time world champion Daudet is one of European BMX’s biggest stars. He represented France at the 2012 Olympics in London.
A career high was winning a gold medal on home soil at the European Championships in 2017 – a title he’ll undoubtedly be eager to hang on to this year.
During competitions Daudet often faces a challenge from his fellow countryman, Sylvain Andre, as the two vie for top place.
At the 2017 World Championships Daudet won a bronze, with Andre taking silver. Both riders stepped up a gear at the 2018 World Championships in June, with Daudet winning silver and Andre earning a gold medal.
Sylvain Andre, France
Andre is the current World Champion after winning gold at the 2018 World Championships in Azerbaijan in June.
Becoming World Champion this year is a triumph he would have relished. At last year’s World Championships, he took silver, coming second to Corben Sharrah from the US.
Tre Whyte / Kye Whyte, GB
Brothers Tre and Kye Whyte are from Peckham in London.
In 2011 older brother Tre joined British Cycling’s BMX Academy Programme and in 2017 he was named on the Great Britain Cycling Team BMX Senior Squad. He’s a product of the renowned Peckham Challengers BMX Club, and he’s now based in Manchester.
A highlight of Tre's career was competing at the 2014 World Championships in Rotterdam. He made it into eighth position and after a five-man crash, it was his quick reaction that got him over the line in third place to win a bronze medal. He also competed at the 2015 World Championships in the time trail event
Age 18, Kye is part of the Peckham Challengers BMX Club. With his older brothers, Tre and Daniel, as well as their dad, all being BMX cyclists, he inevitably followed them into the sport. Kye also started out young and has been BMX riding since he was four years old.
He’s known for his track speed, which he has attributed to having really long legs!
Kyle Evans, GB
Evans from Manchester is one of GB’s most exciting riders and has been enjoying a successful season. He’s won the European Cup in Verona, Italy and came sixth in the World Championships in Baku Azerbaijan.
Read our interview with Kyle Evans, as he looks ahead to the Championships and tells us what he thinks of our new BMX Track in Glasgow - https://www.europeanchampionships.com/news/glasgows-new-track-will-take-...