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  1. "I never thought I'd be representing GB" - Emma Finnegan

    Emma Finnegan from Liverpool was a skateboarder until she started trying out people's bikes at her local park and got hooked on BMX. Now she's a GB athlete at the age of 20.

    "It's a pretty amazing feeling to be a part of British Cycling - especially at 20," she BBC Sport. "And British Cycling welcoming BMX cycling on to the programme is pretty epic."

    Like other BMX riders, Finnegan is always looking for the next trick to master.

    "Just knowing that you’ve achieved that next thing you wanted to do, then putting it in a routine in contest, is what pushes me to learn new tricks."

    With friend and co-GB rider Charlotte Worthington sidelined in Chengdu with concussion after a crash, Finnegan is aware that urban cycling can be a hazardous game.

    "I think dealing with injuries is part of the learning curve," she said. "It’s about pushing yourself in the first place so injuries can happen – and it does happen in a sport like this – but it’s not the worst thing in the world.

    "And now having British Cycling looking after us gives you extra confidence."

  2. What is freestyle BMX?

    "Freestyle riding is just freedom," Coleborn says.

    Unlike 'quickest wins' BMX Supercross, which has been in the Olympics since 2008, in freestyle BMX athletes are allowed two one-minute runs each to perform a series of tricks and techniques which are judged.

    Riders are assessed on the difficulty, originality, style, flow risk, amplitude (height) and execution of their tricks which helps determine the highest scores and event winners.

    "You're away from the outside world," says Coleborn. "You're cruising around trying tricks, crashing and then when you pull it off you're buzzing - there's no feeling like it."

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    Video caption: BMX rider Coleburn going for gold at world championships
  3. "A new lease of life for BMX"

    Manchester-based 22-year-old rider Charlotte Worthington came to BMX through her previous extreme sport, professional scooter riding.

    "My family and friends used to watch me race in scooter and my brother thought it was a waste of my time," she said. "But since the switch to BMX he’s seen me progress. Everyone, friends and family, are just blown away."

    Her excitement at being in the first GB team to compete in a BMX World Championship was tempered by an ongoing ankle problem and an early crash in China ended her hopes of a medal.

    Although her local skate park has been closed down, meaning a journey to Warrington for training, Worthington is optimistic at the way her sport is taking off now it has full international recognition.

    "With the UCI [International Cycling Union) behind freestyle BMX, it's definitely upped its level," she said. "People starting out in the sport now are freshly inspired and look up to top riders like Alex Colburn and Logan Martin and they want to be there competing and representing their country. It’s going to give BMX a new lease of life."

    Charlotte Worthington
    Image caption: Charlotte Worthington's ankle problems have not diminished her love of BMX. "I want to be able to do every trick under the sun," she says.
  4. GB interest

    Silver medallist in last year's championships, Alex Coleborn was Great Britain's main medal hope in the men's freestyle but failed to qualify for the final.

    His teammates James Jones and Ben Wallace will both race after making it through their heats.

    Charlotte Worthington suffered concussion in a training on Thursday and has been withdrawn from the women's event. Emma Finnegan, Izzy Burrell and Val Ward will represent the British team.

    GB's Alex Coleborn
  5. BBC coverage

    All times are GMT unless stated

    Sunday 11 November

    05:00-07:00, BMX freestyle finals, BBC Red Button (repeated 19:00-21:00 on BBC Red Button)

  6. What is it?

    Urban Cycling World Championships 2018

    This is only the second year of the world championships which combine the events for freestyle BMX, cross-country eliminator, and trials. This year's championships are being held in Chengdu, China and run from 7-11 November.

    More than 200 riders from 37 countries will compete for the medals and the chance to wear a rainbow jersey for a year.

    Men's World Champion Logan Martin from Australia was injured in a training crash in Melbourne a month ago so will not be taking part.

    American Hannah Roberts will be looking to defend her world title in the women's freestyle event. German and Youth Olympic Games champion Lara Lessmann poses the largest threat to Roberts.

    Germany's Lara Lessman