No near yet so far for Izzy at World Championships

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CITY BMX racer Izzy Ferrada was left disappointed at missing out on a finals place in last weekend’s World Championships in Birmingham.

Qualifying as the current leader of the National BMX Series for 15-16 year old girls, Izzy, from Great Linford, was facing up to some of the world’s finest riders at the National Indoor Arena – while tackling revision for her GCSE exams.

But after some promising rides in the early practice sessions, she narrowly missed out on a place in the finals, meaning she had to watch on from the sidelines as her competitors took the plaudits.

And while she admitted her opponents were the ‘toughest’ she’s ever faced, she was humble in congratulating them.

“They were some of the toughest riders I have ever raced against,” she said afterwards. “The girls from the USA and South America, and in particular from Ecuador, were amazing.

“I have been so busy with my own racing that I have not had a chance to see the videos of the races, but I know that they must have been good to beat me at the moment. Congratulations to them.”

So for now, it’s back to the books as the Ousedale student looks to finish her exams, but she will keep one eye on her next National BMX Series race in June.

Keen to bounce back to form, Izzy will travel to the next round in Braintree, Essex, on June 23 and 24. She leads the series with three wins from the opening five rounds.