HE MAY only be 15, but Chorley BMX racer Ross Cullen already has a trophy cabinet bulging at the hinges, and one that most athletes would be proud of.

And with the UCI BMX World Championships in Colombia now just weeks away, reigning 14 Boys category champion Cullen is confident he can add a third world title to his ever-growing collection.

The youngster has recently returned from competing at rounds three and four of the European Championships in the Netherlands, where he placed second and fourth in consecutive finals across the weekend.

And as he turns his attentions to competing in South America later this month, he admits he relishes the opportunity to race against the world’s best.

"I’m really excited to go out to the World Championships because it is somewhere new for me, I have never been to Colombia before,” said Cullen, who competes for Preston Pirates.

“I think it puts some nerves in my competitors when I am competing, but many others see it as a challenge because I am the current world champion.

“It will make it a lot harder going in as number one, there will be more pressure but I still feel confident knowing that I have done it twice before.

“I’ll be watching last year’s race on the plane to remind myself of how it felt and really get myself hyped for the action.

“The World Championships are the best event of the year by far, because all the best riders from across the world turn up for that one race, and they are people that I wouldn’t normally race in European competitions.

“It’s such a good race to put myself against other riders and see how I do in comparison.”

Like many young athletes, Cullen dreams of one day standing on top of an Olympic podium with a gold medal around his neck.

And while he may not be on his way to Rio in August, Cullen admits he is excited to watch his heroes in action knowing that it may well be him in four years time.

“It feels amazing to have achieved so much at such a young age,” he added. “If I look back at my time, it is quite mind-blowing, but it’s not just about what I have done in the past, it’s about the long-run in the future too.

“I have won a lot of titles which is great for me, but my main goal is an Olympic medal and hopefully I can add one of those to my collection one day.

“I see the guys that are going to Rio this year a lot in Manchester, and sometimes I train with them on the track at the same time, so it’s amazing to think that one day I could progress to their level.

“A lot of people on the programme who are older than me will be peaking around the time of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, and while it is an aim of mine to get there, I’m still focussing on the Games in 2024.

“It would be an incredible experience to win an Olympic medal one day because after that, you can’t achieve much better in sport.”

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