Liam Phillips was featured today with the below article on www1.skysports.com
With little over two months to go before the BMX World Championships in Birmingham the event is shaping up to be the clearest indicator of who is on form heading into the London Olympics.
Running from May 23-27 at the Birmingham National Indoor Arena, the championships will give the world’s best riders a chance to gauge their form in top competition just 10 weeks out from the Games.
Not only is there a coveted rainbow jersey on the line, the racing is set to be hotter than ever as riders look to stake what could be their final claim for a place in their nation’s Olympic squad.
British stars Shanaze Reade and Liam Phillips will both be in action and looking to benefit from the roar of a home crowd, the first at a world championships in the UK since Brighton in 1996.
That year Brit Dale Holmes was crowned, while two-time world championship silver medallist Phillips believes that the competition in Birmingham will be the best indicator of form heading into the Olympics.
The 23-year-old told British Cycling: “I think the worlds will be a massive indicator of who is going to be there or thereabouts at the Olympics.
“I think with BMX more so than with track cycling the performances tend to be at 95% all year long and you get one or two big hits out each year where you are at 100%.
“Where you are at physically doesn’t tend to change much from the first world cup event in March to the last world cup in September and if you look back at the last few seasons the guys who have been going well at the first world cup are still going well at the end of the year.”
Competing in the UK also holds other advantages for Phillips who hopes the event can act in a similar way to the London World Cup on the track in allowing athletes a taste of what the atmosphere will be like in the biggest race of their careers to date.
He added: “It’s in Birmingham, which means straight away we don’t have to travel. Besides that it’s an opportunity to perform in the UK a couple of months before the Olympics and deal with a home crowd and everything else that goes with competing in the UK and that’s not really anything we’ve dealt with before. It should be great to us prior to the Olympics.”
Tickets for the World Championship event can be purchased through this website: www.bmxworlds.co.uk