Younger riders have been among the many crowd which packed The Prince Of Peckham pub, on the centre of the neighborhood the place the athlete grew up.
“It means the world, they have been supporting me at 5am, little seven-year-olds, six-year-olds, to 59-year-olds, it’s nothing however love,” he informed the PA information company.
“I wouldn’t say I’m a task mannequin, I’m extra like an older brother as a result of clearly it’s extra like a household right here as you possibly can see.”
Whyte added: “I nonetheless see myself as the identical as everybody else, I don’t see myself as higher than anybody else, I simply know how one can journey a motorcycle.
“Clearly, exterior of that I’m an expert athlete and children look as much as that, so I’ve to stay as much as that as nicely and set a great instance, particularly children from Peckham.”
Whyte has skilled at Peckham BMX Membership since 2003 and the realm opened a brand new BMX observe in 2013, with funding from Southwark Council the Nationwide Lottery and the London Olympic Legacy Fund.
“Even on the gate earlier than the lights went, I mentioned I’m going to do it for Peckham BMX, it means every part to me,” Whyte mentioned.
He added: “For me, I didn’t at all times have a straightforward upbringing, I had a few troubles on the best way and Peckham isn’t essentially a wealthy place, so if children discover a approach by BMX to get out of stuff then achieve this, particularly if it’s a dependable stress aid.
“Clearly you may make cash from it in case you are adequate, so it’s simply one other solution to get out of doing dangerous stuff, like soccer or rapping.”
Whyte mentioned he hopes to proceed to encourage kids by successful the BMX World Championships within the Netherlands later this month.
He added: “I at all times say three issues: chase your goals, prepare arduous and have enjoyable at all times. I say this to anybody of any age.”
Whyte earned Britain’s first BMX racing Olympic medal and was adopted moments later by Beth Shriever, who gained gold.
“Clearly me and Beth made historical past,” he mentioned.
“Despite the fact that different nations had extra riders than us, me and Beth each bought medals and freestyle every bought medals in each classes of women and men so I believe BMX is taking up the nation proper now.”