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  1. Peckham BMX: South London riders taking on the world

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    Video caption: BMX Peckham

    Three GB riders, Tre and Kye Whyte and Quillan Isidore, want their club Peckham BMX to take over south London and encourage kids to change their lives.

  2. Pajon still aiming for Tokyo treble

    Mariana Pajon
    Image caption: Mariana Pajon after retaining her Olympic title in Rio

    If everything goes to plan, Colombia’s Mariana Pajon will be in Tokyo in 12 months’ time attempting to follow up her London 2012 and Rio 2016 triumphs with a third successive Olympic gold medal.

    It's no certainty because the road to Tokyo has been a tough one for Pajon. A crash in a race in February 2018 wrecked her knee and kept her out of action until February this year.

    “I still have a long way,” she says. “I have improved a lot from the first World Cup in Manchester to the last stop in France so that gives me hope.”

    Twice operated on, her knee requires a further operation later this year. “My first race back was like winning an Olympic gold again,” she says. “I didn't know if I was going to be able to pedal again."

    Pajon worked on the house she and her husband, French rider Vincent Pelluard, have built. “This injury made me appreciate a lot of things in my life. And it slowed it down,” she adds.

  3. BMX v Scooter: Pros' head-to-head trick challenge

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    Video caption: Which is the better sport - BMX or scooter?

    Pro BMX rider Ash Finlay and world scooter champion Dante Hutchinson go head to head in a three-part trick challenge.

  4. What are the BMX World Championships?

    Kyle Evans and Kye Whyte

    The annual event is the world championships for BMX racing – which is a cycling version of motocross.

    The championships are separate to the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, which is an international series held at numerous locations throughout the year.

    Winners are crowned the BMX world champion and get to compete in the rainbow jersey the following year.

    This year’s championships are being held at the Huesden-Zolder Circuit in Belgium – the second time the track has hosted the event.

  5. Who are the ones to beat?

    France’s Sylvain Andre is the reigning men’s world champion. The 26-year-old rider won silver in 2017 before going one better last year.

    Laura Smulders, from the Netherlands, won the women’s race in 2018, beating her younger sister Merel to the title. She won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

  6. Are there any Brits in action?

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    Video caption: Whyte wins first BMX world cup title

    Reigning European champion Kyle Evans is expected to challenge in the elite men’s event and will be looking to improve on his sixth-place finish in the 2018 finals.

    Kye Whyte, who won the Manchester leg of the World Cup series in April, will also be in action alongside brother Tre Whyte, a bronze medallist at the 2014 world championships.

    Former under-16s world champion Quillan Isidore and Paddy Sharrock complete the men’s elite squad.

    Beth Shriever - the 2017 junior world champion – is the only Brit competing in the elite women’s event.

    Ross Cullen, Ryan Martin, Matthew Hutt and Joel Clarke will take part in the junior men’s competition, while Ellie Featherstone goes in the junior women’s race.

  7. BBC coverage

    Saturday, 27 July

    16:00-19:00 - Live coverage of the men’s, women’s and juniors’ finals, Connected TVs and online (replayed 19:00-22:00, BBC Red Button)

    Sunday, 28 July

    14:20-15:30 – Highlights, BBC Two (repeated 18:00 & 20:35, BBC Red Button)

  8. Is BMX for me?

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    Whether practising to compete in races or perform tricks, BMX boosts self-discipline, motivation, self-esteem and confidence.

    Anyone looking to replicate the competitors' adrenaline-fuelled moves can do so at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, or on tracks right around the country.

    There are currently more than 50 dedicated BMX tracks throughout the UK. Find your local club by using British Cycling's club finder.

    Training days and taster schemes are run for people of all ages and abilities throughout the year. Visit the British Cycling, Cycling Ireland, Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling websites for more information.