REIGNING junior world champion Beth Shriever has been named in the squad of nine riders who will represent the Great Britain Cycling Team at the UCI BMX World Championships in Baku in Azerbaijan next month.

The world championships will see the former Braintree Bullets BMX Club rider, who is from Finchingfield, make the seamless step up to elite level of competition, having won her first world cup in Zolder earlier this month.

The 18-year-old, who won the junior world title last year, said: “I’m thrilled to be able to represent my country again at the world championships.

"I’m pleased with how my season has gone so far but I’m not putting too much pressure on myself given that it’s my first year as an elite rider.

"My recent world cup victory has given me confidence that I can be up there in the mix for a good result and I’m fully committed to giving it my all out in Baku.”

Shriever will be joined in Baku at the World Championships on June 8 and 9 by senior British squad programme riders Kyle Evans and Quillan Isidore, along with brothers Tre and Kye White, who will all contest the elite men’s event.

British Cycling performance director Stephen Park said: “We’ve seen some promising signs from the BMX programme riders this season, with some good results at European and world cup level.

“Outside of the programme, it’s been fantastic to watch Beth flourish and take a well-deserved victory at the fifth round of the world cup.

"We will offer her our full support in Baku, and I’m looking forward to seeing how she gets on.”