On Sunday, 3 September, ten kids from songo.info participated in the 7th round of the WC BMX Provincial points series. This was the first provincial race after a long winter break during which the songo kids focused on academics. Needless to say, they were all very keen to get back on to the race track. Ntlantla and Mama Amelia met the kids at the clubhouse early on Sunday morning and the taxi took them through to the Overberg BMX club, in Hermanus. I drove directly to Hermanus and registered the kids so that they could start practice as soon as they arrived, wrote Bradley Stow.
songo.info was represented by the following kids: Ovayo Ntsenge, Uviwe Tshali, Luminathi Nkoko, Mihlali Stuurman, Mihlali Nyembezi, Awethu Mtekeli, Simamkele Magoqwane, Ntlakanipho Zaphela (aka Mr Gloves), Sithembiso Mbikahlobo (aka Juju) and Alunamida Mathafeni.
We decided to give some of the younger kids a chance to race and to give the older kids a chance to rest after the Schools League MTB event the day before.
It was very promising to see that the songo.info team had not lost any ground to the other riders over the winter break. Most of the other competitors participated in the Winter BMX series so I was expecting the songo kids to be a little rusty compared to the riders who have been racing and training throughout the year.
All the kids raced very well but the the top performer on the day was Ovayo Ntsenge. Ovayo races in the 12-13 expert boys class which is probably the most competitive age group in the Western Cape. He won the first 3 races convincingly but unfortunately had some bad luck in the finals when his shoe unclipped from his pedal. Despite this he still managed to finish 2nd in the final which was very impressive. I was also very happy with the maturity he showed by not letting this get him down. It’s not always easy to accept second place when you are the fastest rider on the track but Ovayo handled this well.
It was a good days racing for the songo.info team and we are all looking forward to the next BMX race in 3 weeks time.
A big thank you to our sponsors Ninety One and Specialized. Without their continued support this event would not have been possible.