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Nhlapo’s late charge

It may have been a tough weekend at the office for Olympic BMX cyclist Sifiso Nhlapo but the South African youngster is positive for the road forward.

Nhlapo was competing in Oldsmar, Florida at the weekend as he bids to qualify for the Olympic Games in London later this year.

“It was a tough weekend for me but with some positive aspects I can still work on,” said Nhlapo.

“This was the first race weekend where all the pro’s would be at and we could see exactly what needed to be worked on. The first day’s racing was horrible and I was struggling with getting into a rhythm. With inconsistent starts which is a huge no-no in the professional class and makes it almost impossible to play catch-up in the lap.”

Thankfully things improved on day two for the man known as Skizo. “I improved my starts and got through the motos and into the quarters. I rode a solid lap from the outside which wasn’t enough to get me a top four spot.”

Skizo is always one to look on the bright side of things though. “I’m still very positive and looking forward to ironing out the creases. My next race is in Texas in the middle of March and I’m going to be working hard on some stuff and hopefully will bring some better results back.

“The focus and time to peak for me is World Champs and these races are great to keep fine-tuning on the way to London.”


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