FOUR members of a Clydebank BMX club have been selected to represent Team GB at the UCI BMX World Championships next year.

Alexis McCartney, Harrison Bell, Amalie Nimmo, and David Lindsay from the Drumry-based Western Titans Racing Club will head to Nantes, France in 2022 in the hopes of bringing back medals.

The contest, which takes place between July 26 and 31, will see the world’s best athletes come together to compete on a global stage.

Warren Bell, who has been chairman of the club for the past six years, told the Post: “Every year, we’re really proud that we manage to get four or five riders qualified to represent Team GB at the UCI BMX World Championships.

“My son, Harrison Bell, is one of the best riders his age in the world, let alone the country.

“He’s on the Olympic pathway down in Manchester and he spends four and a half hours training at the National Cycling Centre with the Olympic coaches.

“He’s only just turned 14 and we have some amazing talent both nationally and in the local area.

“Bethany Shriever won gold in the women’s BMX racing final in Tokyo and Kye Whyte won silver in the male race, so that is something to aspire to.”

The club is currently in talks with West Dunbartonshire with a view to securing funding to redesign the Clydebank track.

Warren added: “The track hasn’t been redesigned since 2006, which was 15 years ago.

“We got some money from the Environment Trust to help with that, but that was a long time ago and nothing has been done to the track since then.

“The club is run entirely by volunteers and we don’t have any paid positions.

“All the money we take at sessions goes back into the club and pays for fuel, the bikes and the equipment.

“We’ve been maintaining the track for 15 years from our own club funds and it’s well used by locals.

“We’re hoping that West Dunbartonshire Council will step up and help us out.

“We don’t want the money for ourselves, it’s to ensure we can future proof the track and make it last for the next 10-15 years.

“All we want to do is get kids off the street, on to bikes, and keep them fit. We train them and teach them about nutrition.

“It’s hard to believe there isn’t interest in wanting to invest in things like this.”

A spokesperson for West Dunbartonshire Council said: “The council is currently assisting the organisation to gain external funding for a redesign of the facility.

“We have invested significantly in outdoor spaces in recent years and this has included supporting this club by investing almost £11,000 to resurface the track on two occasions.”