Kye Whyte returns to Burgess Park this weekend to compete in the National BMX Race Series

Speaking to the News, Michael said: “He will win 100% this weekend. He is one of the most watched runners in the world right now.

Peckham’s medal-winning Olympian Kye Whyte returns to Burgess Park this weekend to compete in the National BMX Race Series to be held at the BMX track on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June.

The 22-year-old silver medalist will be joined by elite female rider, Shani Harris-Sherwood, and Peckham’s first world champion, Quillan Isidore.

Organized by British Cycling, the main governing body for the sport of cycling in the UK, the free competition will see more than 600 riders compete in front of 1,500 spectators.

Michael Pusey, founder of the Peckham BMX Club, has known Kye since he was just three years old and helped him become the global star he is today.

Michael Pusey (left) with Kye Whyte (right).

Addressing the New, he said: “He is going to win this weekend 100%. He is one of the most watched runners in the world right now.

He said even as a toddler he could tell Kye was a “special” talent and believes he is on his way to becoming world number one.

Michael Pusey started the Peckham BMX Club in 2004. At the time it was a small track in a vacant lot off Commercial Way, Peckham.

The club was a huge success and in 2013 Michael worked with the council to open the state-of-the-art track that Burgess Park has today.

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The park’s extreme sports facilities are set to expand further, with the council planning to build a new skate bowel alongside the track.

As well as hosting competitions and training, the track is home to ‘A Safe House’, a project that helps vulnerable people become independent through BMX riding.

The track is also used for children’s cycling lessons, school holiday clubs, birthday parties and ladies-only cycling sessions.

Cllr Alice Macdonald, Cabinet Member for Equalities, Neighborhoods and Recreation, said: “We are delighted to host this exciting event. Our BMX track, great coaches and the Peckham BMX Club work together to give local children the opportunity to join a community, learn valuable life skills and have fun.

“It’s wonderful that the local kids can come and see riders like Kye Whyte, who trained in Peckham like them, and reached national and Olympic heights. We wish Kye and all the local BMX riders the best of luck in this competition.

As well as the competition itself, there will be food stalls, bike workshops and merchandise stores on the Burgess Park BMX track.

More information on the opportunities available at Burgess Park Race Track can be found here: https://www.southwark.gov.uk/leisure-and-sport/local-leisure-and-sport-venues/the- bmx-track- London

Read more about the BMX National Series event here: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/britishbmxseries/article/bbs20131125-bmx-2014-British-Cycling-BMX-Series—Schedule-0

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