WHILE most of us spend the early part of New Year fighting for a parking space at the gym, one of Wigan’s Olympic prospects will be continuing with a tough training schedule that didn’t stop over Christmas.
Hindley’s Kyle Evans already has a Team GB shirt in the wardrobe from 2012, when he was a support rider for the London Games.
But in Rio he wants to prove himself as one of the very best – and has 2015 to make sure his results book him a ticket on the plane.
Unlike most others, the 21-year-old didn’t clock off over Christmas, and did everything in his power to realise his ambition.
“I know I need to be more consistent and I want to be more focused and driven,” he told the Wigan Observer.
This is despite his most recent success of a win and another podium finish at this month’s St Edienne Indoor meeting in France.
He has also made an appearance in the finals of the UCI BMX World Cup.
“Next year I need to get in as high a position as possible,” he said.
“I need to get as many podiums and wins as possible. In the World Cups I got two out of five podiums this year - I want to get five next year.”
It’s a tall order, but a place on the Olympic Podium Programme, a scheme dedicated to helping riders like Evans collect medals, will put him on the right path.
Having ridden in the sport for the past seven years, and with his experience of an Olympic Games as reserve rider to Liam Phillips, Evans is well-equipped to take further steps into the sport’s elite.
And after watching from the sidelines as Phillips rode to eighth place in London, the prospect of doing it for himself will spur him on to try and achieve his dream.
Evans explained: “There are different levels of the pathway, apprentices move up to the academy where they train full-time and then on the podium programme the intensity steps up, you have your own space to train.
“For the Olympics you can qualify between one and three riders. Obviously our aim is to have three riders at Rio, and qualification has already started.
“I want to make sure I get to the races where I can get points and get out there and perform as well as I can.”
A good year could confirm his appearance at what will be Rio’s new BMX centre, which is being rebuilt for the Games.
But Evans is taking nothing for granted as the New Year approaches, such is the the nature of BMX.
He added: “BMX is so crazy and unpredictable that no one got on all the podiums last time. But in BMX anything can happen –that’s what it is.”