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Dodd keen to be back on BMX duty at nationals
- Updated: October 10, 2015
Sunday’s South African National BMX Championships at Alrode BMX Club in Alberton, Gauteng will not only signal a return to action for the previously injured Kyle Dodd but the defending national champion is also relishing letting off some steam on the track after a disappointing recent trip to Rio de Janeiro.
With all riders’ eyes on the 2016 Olympic Games, Dodd headed to the host city recently to catch a first glimpse of the event’s new track however the journey ended up being more frustrating than fruitful.
‘The elites weren’t happy with the Rio track and so a meeting was called where 43 out of 44 riders said they weren’t happy riding the track as it was,’ explained Dodd.
‘The track builders then had 24 hours to make the necessary changes and we finally got to ride it on Sunday, even though we had to use the girls straight instead of the guys’.
‘We did a time trial to sort out our seeding and after everyone had done just one race the heavens opened and the event had to be cancelled so it was really disappointing,’ he added.
Dodd is determined not to let his disappointment of his recent travels overshadow how excited he is to return to action at his home club this weekend.
‘This is my first weekend back racing after my wrist injury and I’m very excited to have the chance to get back out there on the track!
‘Alrode is where I’m registered and even though I haven’t been on the track much recently, it will still be nice to be on the bike again on my home course.
Saturday, 10 October sees the staging of legs seven and eight of the National Age Group (NAG) series before Dodd turns his focus to retaining his national title on Sunday despite the intense heat forecast for the two days.
‘I want to win every race I take part in so I’ll definitely be giving it a go on Saturday.
‘Having missed the previous round of the NAG Series, I’m unfortunately unable to place in the series though and so Sunday is definitely where my main focus is for this weekend.
‘I’m the national title holder and so my main goal is to win Sunday’s race and retain my title so I’ll probably look to use Saturday as an opportunity to get back out there after my injury and maybe test out a couple of the others guys a bit.
‘It’s apparently also meant to be blazing hot the whole weekend so it will be important to conserve energy a little on Saturday in order to give it my all on Sunday,’ said Dodd.
While eager to overcome the challenge of his nearest rivals, Dodd doesn’t necessarily believe he goes into the clash as favourite.
‘Alex Limberg is going really well at the moment and is probably the one to watch this weekend!
‘Guys like Godfrey (Buziba) and a few others I’m sure will also be looking to do well while some of the emerging youngsters will definitely be keen to challenge us elites too.’
Picture of Dodd courtesy of Dave Macleod/Gameplan Media