Burnham-On-Sea’s Liam Phillips was in a class of his own as he won the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester for a third consecutive year at the weekend.
Liam, 26, saw off the challenge of world champion Sam Willoughby in the final to complete a time trial and supercross racing double at the National Cycling Centre on Sunday.
The victory gives him a perfect start to the defence of his UCI BMX Supercross World Cup crown which he won in 2014.
“It’s just mind-blowing,” he said afterwards. “There was so much talk coming into this weekend, of a ‘three-peat’, I don’t think that has ever been done before.”
“To get out there and deliver in such a good manner, I’m so pleased with the performance.”
“It’s never easy when you performing in front of a crowd as rowdy as this – they want you to win and I’m so pleased that I was able to deliver.”
Liam has been an active member of Burnham-On-Sea BMX Club since the age of four and is a former pupil of Berrow School and Highbridge’s King Alfred School.
An imperious Phillips won all of his races at the weekend on his way to the last eight and in the final his start was too strong for the field as he took the lead into the first corner.
Willoughby was in pursuit but the Australian crashed out on the penultimate corner although it was doubtful he would have been able to catch an in-form Phillips.