Cycling Weekly is counting down the top 30 British Riders of the Year thoughout December. The top 10 will be revealed in the December 19 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine.

NUMBER 13: LIAM PHILLIPS

BMX world champion

The 2012 season did not work out the way Liam Phillips wanted. He crashed at the world championships in Birmingham, fracturing his collarbone, recovered and then crashed again in the Olympic final in London.

But the 24-year-old from Taunton had a fine 2013 campaign and was crowned world champion for the first time.

The season began well. He won the time trial super final at the UCI BMX SuperCross World Cup in Manchester in April and his form leading up to the World Championships in the summer was consistently good.

Everything that had gone wrong last year went well this year. He won every race in the build-up to the final at the World Championships in Auckland.

Phillips held off the home favourite Marc Willers and Germany’s Luis Brethaueur to win the rainbow jersey and become Britain’s first men’s elite BMX world champion since Dale Holmes in 2001.



>>Watch the video of the elite mens BMX world championships final on YouTube

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Number 14: Elinor Barker



Number 15: Dani King



Number 16: Dannielle Khan



Number 17: Katie Archibald



Number 18: Mike Cuming



Number 19: Tao Geoghegan Hart



Number 20: Joanna Rowsell



Number 21: Adam Yates



Number 22: Geraint Thomas



Number 23: Lizzie Armitstead



Number 24: Jason Kenny



Number 25: Evan Oliphant



Number 26: Ian Stannard



Number 27: Kenta Gallagher



Number 28: Emily Kay



Number 29: Owain Doull



Number 30: Katie Colclough



  • Ken Evans

    It would be interesting to see what he could do in the velodrome. (eg Team Sprint)

  • Glyn Parry

    I would like to point out that Liam Phillips is from my hometown of Burnham-on-Sea, not Taunton. He was welcomed back to the town recently to help switch on the Christmas lights and his family have been involved in the BMX track there for many years.