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By Mark Etheridge

Rio Olympian Kyle Dodd’s gruelling season is done and dusted and the 22-year-old BMX ace can take his feet out of the pedals and put them up for a well-deserved rest.
The Gauteng racer wrapped up the national and continental titles on a busy weekend of racing at KwaZulu-Natal’s Giba Gorge. Riders from Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe joined the host nation for two days of racing in warm weather with intermittent drizzle.
‘Yeah it was a faultless weekend for me. My goal was to go in and retain my Elite title which turned out to be very successful!
‘I felt good the whole day and made sure I stayed in my zone to get the job done. I knew the race was going to be tough seeing all these young guys coming up strong but I had an absolute amazing lap and was able to win convincingly.
‘As for Sunday winning the Afcon was just as important for future selection so the job wasn’t over.
‘I was feeling a little bit under the weather but I just put my head down and got into my zone.
‘The racing conditions was really tough with a soft track and a lot of wind but the sun eventually came out and dried the track up a bit.
‘It was a tough day out in the wind but I managed to stay smooth and consistent and eventually took the win. I just want to thank everyone in my corner, family, coach and my sponsor TRP Distributors this has been one incredible year I’ll never forget.’
In other events, Cycling SA said that Kita Uys, who dominated the 11-13 Girl’s category, was chuffed with her performance in Saturday’s racing. ‘The competition was tough, but I tried my best and did quite well.’
South African national and African Continental Champion in the 14 & Over Girl’s category, Georgie Grassie has been into cycling for over eight years. ‘I think it’s because I’m an extreme sports and adrenaline junkie like my dad. I love riding motorbikes, and I do a lot of different types of cycling, but BMX is my favourite,’ she said.
The Crawford North Coast pupil offered advice for other young girls looking to try out the discipline of BMX: ‘You can’t get scared. There is a big chance of falling, but if you are into BMX then you can’t care about it, you just have to do it. Once you start, you get really into it, and you just cannot stop, just take care.’
Day two was also an excellent one for Durban rider Dylan Eggar, who claimed the top honours in the Junior Men’s race, ahead of Tyler Klumper (second) and Manqoba Madida (third). ‘Yesterday I was feeling good the whole day and just made a silly mistake on the first turn, but for the final in African Champs I was focused. I worried about nothing else but my own race,” he added.
Cycling South Africa President, William Newman said: ‘When I arrived and saw all of the young girls and boys lining up to do their motos, I thought, “wow, cycling is in a very good space.’ We have a lot of talent”. It shows here because we have a lot of young girls and boys participating in the sport, and BMX is the best way to teach them about and get them involved in cycling. The finals were also so exciting.
‘Our challenge now is to ensure that we have BMX in all nine provinces, and active. We would also like to see more African nations taking part in the Continental Championships, but to have four nations is a great stepping stone.’

Picture of Dodd courtesy of Andrew McFadden/BOOGS Photography

SUMMARY OF RESULTS


Elite Men
1 Kyle Dodd
2 Tyler Klumper
3 Alex Limberg

17 & Over Men
1 Bryan O’Shea
2 Chris Austin
3 Austin Churchill

16-39 Men Cruiser
1 Shai Duke-Norris
2 Byron Robertson
3 Justin Robertson

16 Boys
1 Jason O’Shea
2 Alex Dolman
3 Liam Trusler

15 Boys
1 Jarod Ellse
2 Tyrone Verrrall
3 Cameron Turck

14 Boys
1 Connor Terblanche
2 Jourdain Oosthuizen
3 Fabio Albano

13 Boys
1 Ethan Goveia
2 Andrew Killian
3 Njabulo Dumakude

12 Boys
1 Joshua Wright
2 Carson Norman
3 Jordan Smallbone

11 Boys
1 Ross Kew
2 Kaiden Keyser
3 Caide Goveia

10 Boys
1 Brent Johnson
2 Jake Jansen
3 Luc O’Brien

9 Boys
1 Brandon Schutte
2 Marco Cherti
3 Connor Limberg

8 Boys
1 Deagan McCallum
2 Vaughn Preston
3 Salvador Cronje

7 Boys
1 Tyler Posthumus
2 Michael Jansen
3 Cameron Anderson

6 & Under Boys
1 Levi Smith
2 Ben Gorman
3 Taen Govender

14 & Over Girls
1 Georgina Grassie
2 Amber Muller
3 Hanna Stiebel

11 – 13 Girls
1 Kita Uys
2 Miyanda Maseti
3 Chelsey O’Brien

8-10 Girls
1 Kyla Uys
2 Melissa Robertson
3 Amara van Vuuren

7 & Under Girls
1 Taytum Gould
2 Lucia Greyling
3 Anele Ndlovu

40 & Over Men Cruiser
1 Johan van der Sandt
2 Wayne Beadsworth
3 Michael Fikkert

SUMMARY OF RESULTS FOR THE AFRICAN CONTINENTAL BMX CHAMPIONSHIPS

Elite Men
1 Kyle Dodd
2 Alex Limberg
3 Miguel Carvalho

Junior Men
1 Dylan Eggar
2 Tyler Klumper
3 Manqoba Madida

17-24 Men
1 Bryan O’Shea
2 Boy Radebe
3 Wonderboy Mjoli

40 & Over Men Cruiser
1 Wayne Beadsworth
2 Dirk Uys
3 Colin Menges

16-39 Men Cruiser
1 Shai Duke-Norris
2 Bryan O’Shea
3 Tawanda Marova

16 Boys
1 Alex Dolman
2 Jason O’Shea
3 Wade Botha

15 Boys
1 Jarrod Ellse
2 Tyron Verral
3 Jayden Lang

14 Boys
1 Connor Terblanche
2 Jourdain Oosthuizen
3 Fabio Albano

13 Boys
1 Ethan Goveia
2 Andrew Killian
3 Nicholas Mgwenya

12 Boys
1 Joshua Wright
2 Carson Norman
3 Jordan Smallbone

11 Boys
1 Kaiden Keyser
2 Ross Kew
3 Grayson Groesbeek

10 Boys
1 Brent Johnson
2 Ryan Lemmer
3 Luc O’Brien

9 Boys
1 Brandon Schutte
2 Connor Limberg
3 Marco Cherti

8 Boys
1 Deagan McCallum
2 Vaughn Preston
3 Salvador Cronje

7 Boys
1 Tyler Posthumus
2 Callum Brooker
3 Emmanuel Gore

14 & Over Girls
1 Georgina Grassie
2 Amber Muller
3 Tyla-Shae Donaldson

11-13 Girls
1 Kita Uys
2 Miyanda Maseti
3 Della Greyling

8-10 Girls
1 Kyla Uys
2 Rebekah Oberholzer
3 Melissa Robertson

7 & Under Girls
1 Taytum Gould
2 Lucia Greyling
3 Anele Ndlovu


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