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Holdstock back on track
- Updated: April 1, 2011
Pretoria based BMX star Dean Holdstock has arrived back on home soil to prepare for this month’s UCI BMX Supercross World Cup season opener in Pietermaritzburg after a busy four-month stint in the US.
The injury-plagued youngster, who missed out on last year’s World Champs due to two cracked vertebrae and a slipped disc which he sustained in a bone-buckling crash at the Alrode circuit in Gauteng just two weeks before the international event, is hopeful his misfortunes are a thing of the past and has been working hard ahead of next weekend’s event.
ÔÇ£At the moment I feel I’m in the best form I’ve ever been in,ÔÇØ said a determined Holdstock. ÔÇ£I felt really strong before my crash last year and I definitely feel I’m back up there again now. Having missed out last year I’m definitely very keen to take full advantage of this opportunity to perform in front of my home crowd. There’s no doubt it gets me pumped to be able to show them what I can really do instead of them hearing about results from abroad.
ÔÇ£It was pretty depressing not being able to compete in the Worlds last year having sacrificed taking part in a couple of races in Europe to come back early and compete in the SA Nationals but I’m back now and I’m ready to make up for what I missed out on.ÔÇØ
Holdstock’s recent trip provided the youngster with the opportunity to train with and race against some of the best riders in the world and he hopes to be able to pursue his BMX dreams more permanently in the United States sometime in the not too distant future. ÔÇ£If you want to be the best you’ve got to rock it with the best!ÔÇØ said Holdstock. ÔÇ£The level of competition over there is crazy. All the top dogs are over there!
ÔÇ£To me there is just no ways you can be at their level if you’re not racing against them all the time. It’s not even all about the riding, it’s important to interact and hang out with these guys off the track too.ÔÇØ
For now though the 21-year-old is focused purely on doing his best at next weekend’s Supercross in Pietermaritzburg. ÔÇ£If I can make it to the Mains that would be awesome but for now I’m just focusing on trying to make it through the time trial and then I’ll take things from there,ÔÇØ said Holdstock.
ÔÇ£You’ve only got two runs in the time trial so you’ve really got to make sure you have a smooth, clean run and after that it really is anyone’s game. BMX really is a very intense gambling game and luck plays quite a big role so anything can happen.
ÔÇ£I expect the usual top guys of Sam Willoughby, Marc Willers, Joris Daudet and the boys to be there in the Mains but after the quarters it’s anyone’s game,ÔÇØ he added.
The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Pietermaritzburg takes place at Alexandra Park on 8-9 April.