Sheffield’s Abbie Taylor ready for step up in class

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SHEFFIELD’S Abbie Taylor will take to the purpose built BMX track in the NIA in Birmingham today and there’s no where else she’d rather be.

Taylor, aged 18, is hoping for a successful weekend at the UCI BMX World Championships that could see her qualify for this summer’s Olympic Games in London.

Raised in Ecclesfield and Dronfield, Taylor has been turning heads since making her first forays in the sport under the watchful eye of her father Dave Taylor at the Bolehills BMX track in the city.

She admits that racing and being on her bike is what she enjoys best: “This is what I love to do. It sounds a bit sad but I don’t really have any other interests!”

Taylor’s dedication and hard work has taken her from the top of the junior ranks with a silver at the World Junior Championships last year into the recently re-established BMX Academy in Manchester.

“The silver medal was the highlight of my career so far,” she told The Star.

“But stepping up to the elite level is a big jump. My dad, who used to be a rider, first took me to Bolehills when I was about six. I wasn’t fast at first but when I turned 11 I started to leave the others behind in races.”

Taylor will take part in time-trials today for qualifying before the race action begins tomorrow.