Sithembiso Dindi
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14 Apr 2021
11:14

Training pays off for Pietermaritzburg riders in BMX Cup opener

Sithembiso Dindi

After performing extremely well in the opening legs of the South African BMX Cup in Gauteng over the weekend, Pietermaritzburg BMX Club aim to do even better in their backyard when they host the competition’s next event in July.

After performing extremely well in the opening legs of the South African BMX Cup in Gauteng over the weekend, Pietermaritzburg BMX Club aim to do even better in their backyard when they host the competition’s next event in July.

The SA Cup started this past weekend with Kempton Park playing host to the three opening legs from Friday to Sunday. The SA Cup is an eight-event series, with the SA BMX Championships being added as the ninth and final leg. Riders with the most points will win the SA BMX Cup in their respective classes.

“We are extremely happy with their performance. The guys trained hard over the last few weeks. There were other outstanding performances by Brolin Van Wyk, Dylan Martin and Sisanda Ngcobo who race in extremely competitive classes.”
Pietermaritzburg BMX Club chairperson, Ian Carroll

Hosts Gauteng finished as number one from the opening events, with KwaZulu-Natal taking second spot, the Mairtzburg BMX Club’s riders returning home with a tally of 14 medals. Competing in the category of age nine boys expert class, Eastwood’s Gabriel “The Little Champion” Santos won three bronze medals.

His sister Alexandra took three silvers in the 11-13 girls class.

Last year’s winners at the SA BMX Championships, Chad Carroll won three golds in the age seven expert class as Tyler Thompson brought home two golds and silver in the age 16 expert class.

The PMB BMX club got three more gold medals with Shai ‘The Duke’ Norris in the 30-39 cruiser class.

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“We are extremely happy with their performance. The guys trained hard over the last few weeks,” said Pietermaritzburg BMX Club chairperson Ian Carroll. “There were other outstanding performances by Brolin Van Wyk, Dylan Martin and Sisanda Ngcobo who race in extremely competitive classes.”

Though the local club had a good weekend, things didn’t start very well for them as their pro elite rider Wade Botha suffered a bad injury.

Botha crashed during pre-race warm-up and tore his shoulder ligament which forced him to watch from the sidelines.

“We are excited to host the next [SA Cup] event [at Sax Young Cycle Track in Alexandra Park from July 9-11]. There will be a lot more riders from Pietermaritzburg available for that event as some of them couldn’t make it to Kempton Park because of financial and other reasons.”
Pietermaritzburg BMX Club chairperson, Ian Carroll

He is expected to be back in action at least three weeks, in time for the next legs of the cup.

The next SA Cup event will take place at Maritzburg’s Sax Young Cycle Track in Alexandra Park from July 9-11. “We are excited to host the next event. There will be a lot more riders from Pietermaritzburg available for that event as some of them couldn’t make it to Kempton Park because of financial and other reasons,” said Carroll.

The final two legs of the Cup will be held in Hermanus later in the year.