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SA trio put in solid showing at Manchester Supercross Cup
- Updated: April 21, 2015
None of the three South African riders in action at the UCI BMX Supercross Cup in Manchester, England at the weekend managed to get through to the second day of racing, writes Mark Etheridge.
But it was a good experience for all three in this, the year before the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Kyle Dodd and Alex Limberg were the two men in action with ‘veteran’ Teagan O’Keeffe the only woman rider.
Dodd was the best of the trio with finishes of fourth, second and fifth in Saturday’s qualifying races while Limberg, a novice at Supercross, had returns of sixth, fourth and eighth. O’Keeffe completed her first two races but dropped out after crashing in the third.
Dodd tells Road to Rio 2016: ‘It’s always a great experience racing around the world because you able to race with multi-talented riders.
‘Seeing the track created a few nerves and the reason for that is indoor tracks are really tight and this one had some big jumps and gaps. The track was very technical but a lot of fun!
‘Racing wasn’t too bad until my final qualifying race, finishing in fifth and losing out on Sunday’s racing. All in all it was good to ride an awesome track and time to get back to work ahead of the upcoming events this season.’
Said Limberg, who was part of Team South Africa at last year’s Youth Olympic Games in China: ‘It was my first time racing supercross and I was really nervous. I was also riding with an injury from my crash in practice ‘Saturday was qualifying to race on Sunday when they go into motos where the top fiyr of each moto turn go into quarter finals and etc until the top eight remain making the final.
‘I had quite a few crashes on the track – my first was on Friday on the jump into the first turn, the second was the Saturday in practice over pro jump and then once in my first race.
‘But I’m all good and ready to race the nationals at home at the Germiston BMX track.’
Limberg says he’s still sporting the reminders of his meeting the dirt. ‘I do have a few scratches all over my body and it made racing a bit harder because my finger was the main culprit. It was difficult to hold on at the start and on the power pedal strokes.’
Good news for O’Keeffe are that none of her injuries are serious enough to stop her from racing.
Picture of Limberg after one of his crashes, courtesy of Craig Dutton