Dean on track for top world BMX titles

19 Jul 2017

SOUTH Australian champion BMX rider Anthony Dean is happy with his preparation in the lead up to the UCI BMX World Championships in Rock Hill, US, on July 28 and 29.

Dean, a Rio Olympic BMX finalist, will compete in the elite men's events as one of Australia's most-seasoned riders.

Based in the US, Dean says he is right to go after a slow start to the year with injury.

"Mentally I am ready and anxious to get out there and do the job,'' he said.

"It has been a great lead in and if I am ever ready, now is the time.

''The year started off great and then went a little south, but we've had eight great weeks lead into worlds and I am healthy and ready to go.

''The Olympics last year were a good showcase to myself what I can prove in the pro class and I believe this preparation has been just as good as the Olympics. So I'm very excited to showcase what I have this year. Olympics only added to my motivation.''

Dean is looking forward to being part of the Australian team.

''My strength coming into the worlds will be my team behind me,'' he said. ''Working with Sam and Wade and the whole BMXHPU team/BMX Australia team to be as prepared as ever. I have been working really hard on my weakness leading into worlds which was track speed, and things have been really well lately so I'm excited.

''Months after worlds will be to enjoy some relaxing time for 2-3 weeks and then straight back into training for the USA Series.''

An Aussie line up of more than 350 riders should join more than 3300 competitors from 40 countries for the world titles.

There are five riders in each of the elite categories of men, junior men and junior women, while four riders will represent Australia in the junior elite women competitions.

For full event details head to the BMX World Championships website: http://rockhillscbmx.com/

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