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Buziba looking forward to racing on his home turf

Entries close on Wednesday for the fifth and final leg of the SA BMX Grand National Series and the once-off SA BMX Championship races, which take place in Alberton, Gauteng next Saturday and Sunday.

The much-anticipated weekend of racing has already witnessed a buzz of activity at the popular Gauteng track. Riders of all age groups and representing the various classes are practicing the track’s jumps and turns, plus the all-important gate starts.

Elite competitor Godfrey Buziba, right, is looking forward to the challenge on his home track. ÔÇ£I train here the most and I put in a lot of practice at this track, especially ahead of Nationals,ÔÇØ said Buziba. ÔÇ£There have been a few changes, but the changes are good. The track is more technical and there are many options for us on the first straight, which is the kind of set up we get when racing overseas.ÔÇØ

Buziba has been dedicated to his training since the World Championships in the lead up to the prestigious National Championship event. ÔÇ£My coach, Jonnathan Chislett sent me a new training programme, which is pretty hard, but I’m feeling good coming up towards the nationals.ÔÇØ

Fellow elite competitor Kane Herbert, who currently lies second in the national points after four events, has been focusing on his studies this year as well as training younger athletes for the World Championships whilst competing himself. Despite this, Herbert feels that he has retained his fitness after World Champs.

ÔÇ£My training has been up and down this year but I’m very excited to see how the nationals end up,ÔÇØ he said. ÔÇ£I train alone so it’s difficult to judge if the new training is paying off, so I’ll have to wait and see what happens at nationals.

ÔÇ£The late changes to the Alrode track has taken away the home advantage for us Gauteng riders, but I’m sure everyone will do their best.ÔÇØ

Fifteen-year-old KwaZulu-Natal rider Maia Rawlins is also feeling strong and confident ahead of the weekend’s racing. Having broken her collarbone earlier this year meant that she missed the first few races, resulting in lower series points.

ÔÇ£I’m out of the running for the Grand National Series title, but I am hoping to get the SA Champs title on Sunday,ÔÇØ said Rawlins. ÔÇ£I raced at the track last weekend and it was good for me. My training has picked up this year with my coach Tyrone Johns, and we have peaked the training for nationals this weekend.ÔÇØ

Rawlins trains for two sessions a day, which is an advantage for her short term racing goals, as well as preparing her for next year to get her speed and fitness right for her first year as a Junior Elite competitor.

Picture: Mylene Loumeau


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