On Sunday, 12 February, 13 songo.info children travelled to the newly rebuilt Kraaifontein BMX track to take part in the third leg of the Western Cape Provincial BMX series. songo.info was represented by the following riders: Mivuyo Mndini, Lakhanya Skhobongwane, Onesimo Ndzonyana, Tsholofelo Letlola, Likho Mayekiso, Lingomso Khonjwayo, Luyolo Ndwamba, Yongama Mdletye, Luminathi Nkoko, Uviwe Tshali, Khanya Xhapha, Zimi Cuba and Alakhe Ndoda.
Report by Bradley Stow.
The top performer on the day was Khanya, who won the final of the Open Ladies class in what was a very tight race. Special mention must also go to Uviwe, who dominated her first three races but unfortunately lost her chain in the final while she was in the lead. She ended up running half the track and managed to still finish in 3rd place. The crowd really appreciated her determination and the fact that she did not give up despite having a mechanical.
I feel like the kids enjoyed themselves at the race. They were all well behaved and relatively well organized. I really appreciated Tsholofelo’s help on the day as it was my first event without Sipho or Ntlantla and he made things much easier for me. He also helped by taking photos and videos while I was racing.
The lesson I learned from this event was that we need to get to the races earlier, so that we avoid unnecessary stress and also so that the kids can get a quick practice session in before the race. I also need to make sure we have enough basic spares like cable ties for the number boards, spare tubes and puncture repair kits.
A big thank you to our sponsors, Specialized and Ninety One who made the trip to Kraaifontein possible. Without their generosity it would not be possible to compete in these events.