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Under-23 Women’s All African Continental champion in 2011 and 2010 SA Cross Country champion Candice Neethling is eager to test herself against the best Under-23 women riders in the world at the UCI BMX World Cup presented by Shimano in Pietermaritzburg later this month.

The bubbly 19-year-old Team Bizhub rider who hails from Port Shepstone, scooped bronze at the World Championships in 2009 in the junior women’s category, proving that she has what it takes to be up with the best.

ÔÇ£This inspired me and gave me a glimpse into the world of international racing and proved to be the decider to take my riding career to the top,ÔÇØ said Neethling. ÔÇ£I have many dreams that I would love to make come true in the future. I’m not afraid to aim high, even if I can’t achieve what I set out to do, at least I know I gave it my best shot,ÔÇØ she added.

With 2011 being her first year in the Under-23 Women’s category, Neethling is aiming for top 15 results in the World Cup Series races, and a top 20 at the World Championships later this year. ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿ÔÇ£This year is more about gaining good international racing experience with the best in the world and learning as much as I can whilst competing abroad,ÔÇØ said a confident Neethling.

Focusing on the Pietermaritzburg World Cup, Neethling will be looking forward to some intense racing on what she describes as an ÔÇ£exceptional courseÔÇØ.

In the 2009 Pietermaritzburg World Cup, Neethling rounded off the junior women’s podium in third spot.

The World Cup will give Neethling her first taste of racing against international riders in the U-23 Women’s category. ÔÇ£Racing in the U-23 women’s category poses a more challenging race fro me, but I am happy with my preparation going into the race and I have done all I can to the best of my ability, while trying to keep a balance between overtraining and getting enough rest,ÔÇØ said Neethling.

Many hours of hard work has gone into the building of the cross country course with many changes being made. ÔÇ£To me the course has something special about it, in that it is difficult but also a lot of fun to ride. It gives all riders an opportunity to display their strengths because it has a bit of everything. There are steep short climbs, gradual climbs, fast descents, rocky descents, and lots of flowing forest singletrack,ÔÇØ explained Neethling.

his season Neethling plans on racing some of the World Cups abroad and sees it as an exciting venture and believes that racing at such a high standard is essential in helping her become the rider she dreams of becoming.


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