Quillan Isidore is targeting a place on the Great Britain BMX team for Rio as he eyes a gold medal four years later in 2020.
The Sky Academy Sports Scholar returns to action when he competes at the UCI BMX World Championships in the Netherlands this week, following a collarbone injury, but already has an eye on the Olympic Games in two years’ time.
An injury ravaged 12 months means that a repeat of his world title in 2012 is unlikely, but Isidore is keen to iron out a few kinks, at the very least, at the championships.
“I missed the World Champs last year and the chance to defend my title which I was really gutted about,” he told Sky Sports News.
“I just want to go there with a good head on my shoulders, enjoy myself, focus on getting good laps down, smooth because there have been a few rounds this year where I’ve been getting bullied and not being aggressive where you need to be.”
His ultimate goal is Olympic gold and, while Rio may come too soon, the following Games in Tokyo could prove the ideal stage for the 17-year-old Peckham rider.
The next step for Isidore is earning a place on the GB Academy Programme in Manchester and the chance to rub shoulders with a number of inspirational figures.
“That’ll set me up really nicely to try and achieve my goal of making Rio,” he said of the potential move. “They’ve just got such an amazing set up at British Cycling in Manchester with the indoor facility.
“You do bump into some pretty special people and athletes who have achieved at the top of their sport so it does spur you on to do well and follow in their footsteps.
“If 2020 is the main thing then Rio would be a nice thing to gain experience from and then I can go to 2020 and perform and hopefully come away with a gold medal.”