On Sunday, 28 January, songo.info had 10 riders compete in the first WC Provincial BMX race of 2023, which was held at Zone 7 BMX Track outside Durbanville. The event was a double header, which means that 2 race legs are held on one day. It was very hot and windy but the racing was intense, writes songo.info BMX coach Bradley Stow.
Before any riders were allowed on the track for the pre race practice session each participant had to pass a bike and safety check, which is a new rule for 2023. This involves making sure that the bikes are race ready and safe, as well as checking that the riders are wearing the required protective clothing. It was good to see all our riders pass without too much trouble.
The first motos began at about 11am and it was quite obvious that the standard of BMX racing in the Western Cape is improving very quickly. I feel our riders did well, but more importantly raced their hearts out and also acted in a very sportsmanlike manner. Even after being out in the sun all day and only racing the second main, after 3pm, everyone still had a smile on their faces.
For me one of the best races of the day was the first final of the Open Ladies class where Khanya came from behind and managed to just get the win on the line.
The Superclass Men was a very competitive category and it was tough for Mivuyo and Lakhanya but they did well considering. I think they both have the ability to be on the podium but need to be more consistent and perhaps a bit smarter on the track. This will come with experience and more time racing.
All in all I think it was a successful event for songo. All the kids rode well but more importantly raced fairly and had fun out on the track.