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BMX NATIONAL RACE REPORT

04 Jul 2018

Race report by: BMX Coach, Darryn Stow.

The second round of BMX Nationals took place this past weekend at the Alrode BMX Track in Johannesburg. The Nationals were in the middle of school holidays so we decided to drive upand take 6 riders with us. We had 3 girls (Monde, Asabonga, Melanie) and 3 boys (Likho, Amila, Tsholofelo). Also joining us was one of our young adults, Kaya to help out and keep an eye on the kids.

The Alrode BMX Tracks is one of the oldest tracks in South Africa and has hosted many Nationals over the past 30years. The track is always in perfect condition and one of the favorites amongst the riders. It would be the first time at the track for all 6 kids and theywere excited and ready to go.

 Overnight stop in Bloem

We arrived at the track on Friday and the kids were on their bikes and riding within minutes. Watching the kids ride together and encourage each other is something very special. The team spirit is better than ever before and everyone got used to the track very quickly. Coming from Cape Town, Gate Starts is always our biggest challenge at Nationals. We did our best to get as comfortable as possible in the gate but we are looking forward to having our own gate soon.

 Start gate line up

Saturday was Race Day and into the unknown for most of the kids. With so many riders andpeople watching, it can be quite scary racing for the first time. Amila continued the great form he showed at the first Nationals by wining another Gold and Silver. He rode smoothly and consistently all weekend which was great to see. Likho was competing for the first time at Nationals and was arguably the rider of the weekend. He gave 100% in every race and even with a bit of bad luck he walked away with a silver medal. Tsholofelo made all three finals and finished 6th for the weekend. Asabonga(only 15) raced with the Elite Ladies and finished 5th in the Final. She rode very maturely and improved throughout the weekend. Monde and Melanie were in the 11-13 girls class and both rode very well. Melanie made all three Finals and eventually finished 5th. Monde made two Finals and finished 8th for the weekend.

 Flying down the straight

Overall we were very happy with the racing and how the kids rode. The results are not always as important as the lessons the kids learn while racing. Lessons can be taught through winning and losing.

 songo BMX team

We were treated to a beautiful drive home through snow in the Touws River area. We decided to stop and make the most of it. We had snow fights and built a little snowman. This was another first for the kids and something they will definitely remember for a long time to come.

 snow

Thanks to Songo.info and all the amazing sponsors for the opportunity. These trips are absolute highlights for the kids and we are very grateful to be able to do them. 

 Sleep time