Cycling SA’s BMX Commission is pleased to announce that the BMX National Championships, to be held on Sunday 22 September 2013, will carry UCI status.
“There is a new system in place for BMX racing where we have to qualify as a country to send riders to the UCI BMX World Championships in 2014,” says Cycling SA BMX Commission Director Margot Gerber.
“The elite riders will all be contributing valuable UCI (International Cycling Union) points from any UCI accredited event that they race in,” continued Gerber. “A higher value of UCI points can be earned in the Supercross World Cups and the highest from the World Champs. By gaining a UCI ranking at our national champs, our riders have an advantage of earning some points whilst racing at home.”
Kyle Dodd has returned from the United States and claimed the first and second Legs of the Cycling SA BMX Grand National series.
Racing took place over Easter weekend in Germiston. The BMX commission implemented a new racing format, which was met with great satisfaction from the riders and made for exciting racing over the course of the weekend.
Twenty three year old Godfrey Buziba showed his return to form when he claimed top points at the final 5th and 6th Legs of the BMX SA Grand National series in Gauteng at the weekend.
Having recovered from a slight injury, Buziba took to the track and rode consistent heats to take top honours in the Elite Men category.
South African BMX racer Sifiso “Skizo” Nhlapo booked his place in the SA team for the London Olympic Games after reaching the quarter-finals of the BMX World Championships in Birmingham, England, on Saturday night.
Nhlapo successfully negotiated his way through the early rounds, finishing second in the heats and third in the quarter-finals to secure his spot in the team for London.
Take a look at this crazy video of BIG BMX jumps, BIG crashes and insane tricks.
It was an action-packed weekend of superlative BMX racing when the country’s best gathered at the Alrode BMX Club track in Gauteng for the season finale – the final leg of the SA National BMX Champs and the once-off SA Grand National BMX Champs (8th and 9th October).
The calibre of racing was nothing short of exhilarating across all the age categories as BMX racers vied for national glory. Saturday’s racing saw the end of the 2011 SA championship season, determining 2011 champs in each category.
South African Teagan O’Keeffe maintained fine form throughout the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup this weekend when she progressed to the finals and finished 8th on Saturday in Chula Vista, California.
None of our Elite men progressed beyond the qualifying rounds on Friday, with elites Gavin Lubbe and 2008 Beijing Olympian Sifiso Nhlapo finishing 73rd and 98th respectively and junior elite Kyle Dodd 110th in amongst the 140-strong field – the top sixty-four riders to count.