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BMX National Age Group Race Report

12 Apr 2018

Race report by: Darryn Stow - BMX Coach

The first BMX National of the year took place this past weekend at the World Class Giba Gorge Track in Durban. The BMX Track at Giba is one of the best in the country and was designed and built by Tom Ritzenhaler from Elite Trax.

The 3 riders selected were Lakhanya, Amila and Mvuyo. It was the first time Amila and Mvuyo had gone to a National and also the first time they had ever been on an aeroplane. The excitement had been building for a few weeks before the trip already and we were finally ready to go on Thursday. Once in Durban, it was time to collect our car and go to the Track for the first time.

Off loading bikes

The Track at Giba Gorge is quite a big step up from anything we have in the Western Cape. The start gate, tar berms and big jumps were all something we would need to get used to very quickly before the 1st leg on Saturday. We built the bikes up and the kids went flying onto the track full of energy. It didn’t take long before we were all jumping and going as fast as we possibly could go around the track.

Friday was another full day at the track with the chance of getting some Gate Starts in. The Gate Start is arguably the most important part of BMX Racing so getting this right is very important. The kids had a great day and improved massively on the Track.

Start Gates

Saturday was race day and a chance for us to compete against the best in the Country. Being Amila and Mvuyos first BMX National, they would be racing in the Novice Class. For Lakhanya, he races in the Expert Class against some very fast riders. The goal for the National was for the kids to do their absolute best and enjoy the experience at the same time.

Between racing

Overall, the racing went even better than we had expected. Lakhanya made the Final on Sunday in a very tough class. He even won his one Moto and showed that he is a serious talent for the future.    Amila and Mvuyo rode amazingly well for their first National. Amila took a couple of motos to get into it, and then dominated his class from there. He eventually came home with 2 Gold medals and a Bronze medal in 3 Finals. Mvuyo got a few Top 3's in his motos and got 4th in the Final. All the kids gave 100%, showed great sportsmanship and represented very well.

Getting some air

Being able to experience so much this weekend with the kids was something very special. The racing is important to us, but the life experiences the kids came away with this past weekend was invaluable and something that they will never forget. These trips are not cheap and are only possible because of our amazing sponsors and supporters. Thanks to everyone who makes it possible.