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Sifiso in SA action
- Updated: October 7, 2011
With the international BMX racing season having wound up in Chula Vista, United States last weekend, local South African BMX racing culminates this weekend at the final leg of the SA National BMX Champs and the once-off SA Grand National BMX Championships.
Racing will take place on both Saturday and Sunday at the Alrode BMX Club track in Gauteng.
Saturday’s racing forms the last leg of the 2011 SA BMX National Championship Series and will determine the champion in many of the classes. ┬áSunday’s race is a one-day event, whereby the Grand National Champion in the different age categories will be crowned.
Defending Elite champion Kane Herbert will be battling it out against fellow competitors Kyle Dodd, Sifiso Nhlapo, and Gavin Lubbe, who have all made the lengthy trek back home after competing in the final leg of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in America at the weekend.
For 2008 Olympian Nhlapo, the Supercross was his first opportunity to fully test his knee, after he had surgery in February this year. ÔÇ£I unfortunately did not qualify beyond the time trial, but none the less I was happy with how my knee handled all the riding in practice and in the time trial,ÔÇØ said Nhlapo.
ÔÇ£It is now one month since I got my release from my doctor to return to BMX racing and training, and the road to the top is still long and I understand that these early disappointing results are a part of the process of being back at the top of my game. I plan to race my way back to shape!ÔÇØ
Also worth noting is the influx in the little ones taking to the sport! ┬áFifteen Under-six boys, six girls in the five-to-nine age category and 10 seven-year-old boys are on the start list, which bodes well for the future growth of BMX in South Africa.
There will also be a mix of international competitors in the form of Zimbabwe, who have entered a team of 28 riders for the competition.
The Alrode BMX track, commended as a top-notch SA BMX venue, is ready for the action and is well prepared for the level of racing that is expected. ┬áChallenging technical aspects are included as well as the separate elite section.