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Back to form Dodd does the job in Zimbabwe
- Updated: November 19, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Kyle Dodd’s topsy-turvy 2015 season is done and dusted after successful sortie north of the border last weekend.
Harare, Zimbabwe hosted the African Continental Championships on the Saturday as well as the Africa BMX Challenge the next day.
And the Jeep Team rider, who spent a lengthy spell sidelined from the saddle after a broken wrist early in the year, rode his way to both titles.
‘The event was awesome,’ he told Road to Rio 2016. ‘I always love travelling to race in Zimbabwe, the atmosphere is always different and the hospitality is great. Day one of practice went well but unfortunately I was battling with my starts because the gate there is a bit slower than normal.
‘Day Two went a lot better and I was able to fix my starts. We then did time trials in the evening and I was happy to walk away with the win in both of them.
‘Saturday was a really important one and it was a must-win for Team South Africa to get points for the Olympics. I managed to have solid races, winning four out of four. Sunday went just as well and I set my sights on winning every single trophy they had to offer.
‘It was a successful day and I was able to win six out of six races and take all the trophies like I planned.
‘I kust want to send a huge thank you to Cycling South Africa for the support during my injury as well as at my races and a big thank-you to my coach Jonnathan Chislett.’
But there’s very little time for the Alberton based athlete to reflect on his Zimbabwean triumphs. ‘Now it’s straight back to training and the next points race is in England in March.’
Also in Zimbabwe was 2014 Youth Olympic Games rider, Alex Limberg and the Johannesburg rider ended second to Dodd in the men’s Elite race.