Cycling - Reade and Phillips lead youthful BMX team to France

British Cycling's Olympic BMX coach Grant White insists the future of the sport in the country is bright and expects the next generation to prove it next month.

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Britain's Shanaze Reade competes in the women's BMX seeding run during the London 2012 Olympic Games (Reuters)

Britain fielded two BMX riders at the London 2012 Olympics, Shanaze Reade and Liam Phillips, but, despite both reaching the final, neither could finish on the podium.

Reade was sixth while Phillips placed eighth after a tumble however both will be back in the saddle for the Indoor BMX Saint-Etienne Loire from December 8-9.

They will be joined in France by eight other British riders from the nations' academy and Olympic development programmes and coach White can not wait to see how they get on.

Curtis Manaton, Kyle Evans, Grant Hill, Abbie Taylor and Dan McBride are chosen from the academy and Quillan Isidore, Ryan Stack and Dan Pullen from the development programme.

And White is in no doubt that they can underline their future potential in France, he said: "The vibe is really good within the group, they've been training hard of late, and now it's time to go race.

"We've got all of the academy riders travelling except for Tre Whyte; he is out injured at the moment. The academy guys have done some really good stuff since the Olympics.

"They've sharpened up and made a few changes. If that continues as we plan, we've got the first round of the UCI BMX Supercross in Manchester next year in April which is massive and it is our plan to have all our riders really performing there.

"They are comfortable in the environment; they ride here all the time. We know what their level is and they are bumping themselves up all the time."

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