Image: Jeep Team’s Kyle Dodd claimed his third consecutive elite men’s national title when he overcame the rest of the field at the South African National BMX Championships at Alrode BMX Club, Alberton © Darren Goddard
The 2015 South African National BMX Championships saw elite men’s shining star Kyle Dodd confirm his wrist injury woes are finally a thing of the past and his quest to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games remains on track after he successfully defended his national title at his home club, Alrode BMX Club in Alberton, Gauteng despite a strong challenge from a flying Alex Limberg.
Dodd suffered a crippling wrist injury in April and after many months of rehabilitation the young star signalled his return to action in emphatic fashion on Sunday as he charged to his third successive elite men’s national title.
“It really, really feels good to have defended my national title!” beamed the Jeep Team rider. “The last little while has been quite a difficult time and it is great to finally be back!
“Of my three titles this is probably the sweetest one yet because Alex (Limberg) really made me work hard for this one while it is also a huge confidence boost to get the ‘W’ after my injury layoff!” added Dodd.
Dodd started the day positively with victory in the first of three motos however a determined Limberg then edged out his fellow clubman in the second and third moto to setup a mouth watering prospective finale.
“It was such a stressful day for me,” explained Dodd. “I knew Alex would be quick because he has been flying all weekend but I thought I’d still be able to find a way around him in the motos.
“He had an amazing start in both of the last two motos and good track speed though and there was just no way around him.
“Going into the break before the final I was quite stressed as I knew the final was going to come down to whoever got into that first corner first!
“Fortunately it all worked out for me in the end though and thankfully I was able to get the win!”
While many eyes were on the fascinating elite men’s showdown, especially as the battle for vital UCI points heats up ahead Rio 2016, the country’s next generation of emerging young stars also went head to head at Alrode on Sunday.
The standout performer amongst the nation’s next generation of stars was 16 Years Boys flyer Dylan Eggar who rewrote the history books when he charged to a national record eleventh consecutive South African title.
The world number seven’s remarkable ability is underlined by the fact that his most recent title now sees him one go one better than the likes of Dodd himself as well as High Performance coach Jonathan Chislett with whom Eggar shared the honour with previously.
Connor Terblanche was another to reiterate just why he is ranked fifth in the world in his age group as he charged to victory in the 13 Years Boys clash while the fairer gender’s spoils went to Kyla Uys (8 Years & Under Girls), Kita Uys (9-12 Years Girls) and Lauren Coetzee (15 Years & Over Girls) respectively.
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Summary of Results – 2015 SA NATIONAL BMX Championships
17-24 YEARS MEN
15 YEARS & OVER GIRLS
16 YEARS BOYS
15 YEARS BOYS
14 YEARS BOYS
13 YEARS BOYS
12 YEARS BOYS
11 YEARS BOYS
10 YEARS BOYS
9 YEARS BOYS
30-39 YEARS CRUISER MEN
40 YEARS & OVER CRUISER MEN
9-12 YEARS GIRLS
8 YEARS BOYS
7 YEARS BOYS
8 YEARS & UNDER GIRLS