Carl Peters
Sport Editor
1 minute read
21 Jul 2022
06:21

Pietermaritzburg BMX Club excited to have two stars jet off to France

Carl Peters

The experienced Shai Duke-Norris and young Chad Carroll will show off their skills on a new track in Nantes, in the north-west of France, between July 26 and 30.

Shai Duke-Norris and young Chad Carroll.

The Pietermaritzburg BMX Club are excited to have two members jet off to France today to compete in the sport’s annual World Championships.

The experienced Shai Duke-Norris and young Chad Carroll will show off their skills on a new track in Nantes, in the north-west of France, between July 26 and 30.

Duke-Norris will be competing in the 20 inch championship class and 24 inch cruiser class in the 30-39 age group, while Carroll will be tackling in the 20 inch championship class in the eight-and-under category, according to the local club.

Both cyclists come from Montrose and have successfully raised funds from various sources to make the trip possible, travelling via Dubai and Paris.

Duke-Norris has competed at world championship level in the past, but it’s Carroll’s first time competing at international level, which means he will be guided by his father, Ian, who is the chairperson of the PMB BMX Club and part of Team SA’s management team for the event.

In fact, two other riders from Pietermaritzburg qualified for the French affair along with four others from Durban and surrounds, but Tyler Thompson (17) and Alexandra Santos (13) have had to pull out for different reasons, according to Carroll senior.

He said during last-minute preparations on Wednesday:

Both Shai and Chad took 12 out of 12 wins at the recent nationals, which took place at the PMB BMX track on July 2 and 3.

“We wish them all the luck and we are certain they will pull out all the stops for South Africa. We understand they will be riding on a brand new track that is a bit longer than ours and has a few more technical sections, so they face a nice challenge over there. In fact, Shai made the semi-finals in the past, so he will be determined to go one better this time.”