SUCCESS takes on a new meaning for Kyle Evans this year as he prepares to race in front of a home crowd this coming weekend.
The 20-year-old Wiganer says he needs to ‘notch up a gear’ at this coming weekend’s UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at Manchester’s National Cycling centre. With a place at next year’s Rio Olympics the ultimate aim for the Team GB rider, Evans is looking to improve on an impressive season last year.
“Up to now things have been going pretty well this season,” he told the Observer.
“This is my home World Cup event and I want to take that next step competing against the world’s best.
“Ideally I would like to get more consistent – this year I need to be consistently making World Cup finals and making podiums.”
Evans knows it won’t be easy for him to soar to victory this weekend, but is confident given the familiarity of his surroundings.
He trains at the venue every day with his Great Britain team-mates, and hopes he can make the most of the advantage.
“I’m more excited than anything about riding at my home venue,” he said.
“We are a bit more in our comfort zone, we know the facility, we know the track and we feel very familiar with it –it’s more of an advantage than pressure.”
A successful weekend won’t satisfy Evans though, who was GB support rider in the London 2012 Olympics squad.
“I want to take that next step competing against
the world’s best,” he explained.
“That’s what I want to do - be able to reach that because in my head there’s no point in going to the Olympics if I’m not going to be able to challenge for medals.”
And Evans thinks if he can keep making progress, what counts as success will look very different by the end of the season.
“Up to now this year has been good,” he said.
“We have achieved what
we have planned to and now we have to head for those targets.”