Berlin SX World Cup to open Rio points qualification campaign

Four South African BMX riders – Teagan O’Keeffe, Kane Herbert, Kyle Dodd and Gavin Lubbe – will get the opportunity to open their 2016 Rio Olympics points campaign at this weekend’s third round of the 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup to be held in Berlin, Germany, from 13-14 June.

Twenty-two-year-old Teagan O’Keeffe competed in the first two rounds that were held in Great Britain and The Netherlands in April and May. O’Keeffe, who has based herself in California and races for the Promax Factory Team, opened her season by reaching the final rounds of all three of her UCI races in the United States earlier this year.

Twenty-four-year-old Kane Herbert competed in the first round of the 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series in Manchester. He then returned home to prepare for his World Cup races with Kyle Dodd and Gavin Lubbe under the guidance of coach Jonnathan Chislett at Giba Gorge.

Dodd (20) and Lubbe (24) have been preparing for the international season on home soil at the brand new BMX Supercross track at Giba Gorge in KwaZulu-Natal. The track, which features the trademark 8-metre high start ramp, and strategically designed jumps and corners, is a first in South Africa, and has provided these riders with the opportunity to test their skill on a world-class track. Dodd and Herbert will be competing in their first Supercross World Cup this season, this weekend.

It will be the first time in the history of the UCI BMX SX World Cup that Berlin will play host to the event. For 200 top athletes from 20 different nations, this is the first chance to collect points towards Olympic qualification.