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Continent’s quickest are coming to South Africa
- Updated: September 18, 2014
It’s all systems go for Giba Gorge, as the brand new Supercross track in KwaZulu-Natal gets ready to host the African Continental Championships next month.
Sunday, 26 October is the date set down and only riders from the African continent are permitted to take part… and earn valuable UCI ranking points.
The venue will also be used for the South African BMX Championships one day prior to the continental championships. The National Champs will be open to South African riders only.
Some of the country’s top riders are already getting to grips with the Giba Gorge BMX SX track, which has witnessed the likes of Kyle Dodd, Gavin Lubbe, Maia Rawlins, Dylan Eggar and Manqobe Madida launching out of the start gates down the eight-metre high start ramp and straight into a 11.5m jump, then into a 10.5m jump and into a 13m step up-step down – and all of this before the first turn.
Cycling SA BMX Commission Director, Margot Gerber, said: ‘We are looking forward to seeing our riders race on a world-class track on home soil. It is an honour to be able to host an African Continental Championship event in South Africa, especially on our brand new Supercross track.
‘Not only does a track of this calibre assist our top riders with their training and preparation ahead of World Cup and World Championship events when they race abroad, but it will also assist in developing our young riders from grass-roots level on a world-class facility.’
Cycling SA extends their thanks and appreciation to the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sports and Recreation for their support in creating the vital infrastructure that is required to develop our riders in the early stage of cycling skills development through to the High Performance levels required for our top athletes to compete on the world stage.