BMX National Team at World Championships (COL)

Cycling South Africa’s BMX Commission has great pleasure in announcing that the following riders will be representing South Africa at the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships in Medellin, Colombia, from 25 to 29 May.

Riders:

Kyle Dodd                                                 Elite Men
Tyrone Johns                                           Cruiser 35-39 and 20” Masters
Tim O'Brien                                              Cruiser 40-44
Wayne Beadsworth                             Crusier 40-44
Colin Menges                                          Cruiser 45 and over
Grant Dekker                                           Cruiser 45 and over
Justin Dekker                                          Cruiser 17-24 and 20” 17-24
Jarod Ellse                                                 Cruiser 15-16 and 20” 15 years
Deagan McCallum                                Boys 8 years
Braden Schutte                                      Boys 9 years

Management:

Phil Ellse
Roy McCallum
Jonnathan Chislett
Tyrone Johns
Tim O'Brien

The South African National Team are ready for action at the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships in Medellin, Colombia, from left (front): Kyle Dodd, Braden Schutte, Jarod Ellse, Deagan McCallum; (middle): Grant Dekker, Justin Dekker, Tyrone Johns, Tim O’Brien; (back): Wayne Beadsworth, Colin Menges.

The South African National Team are ready for action at the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships in Medellin, Colombia, from left (front): Kyle Dodd, Braden Schutte, Jarod Ellse, Deagan McCallum; (middle): Grant Dekker, Justin Dekker, Tyrone Johns, Tim O’Brien; (back): Wayne Beadsworth, Colin Menges.

Elite rider Kyle Dodd is enjoying the Durban-like weather and the vibe at the track. “The vibe here is great with so many people smiling and a lot of South Americans making a lot of noise. I’m going out there this weekend to do my best, and my main goal is to make a quarterfinal and from there progress as far as possible. For now, I’m keeping focused and doing my sprints whilst helping out the other South African riders with anything they need on their race days.”

Part of Team Management and Masters competitor, Tyrone Johns, spoke of his Colombian experience so far. “Colombia has been an experience of note – after a very long flight we made it to an incredible hotel that has everything we need. One of the hardest things over here is to communicate, as very few people speak English and we don’t speak Spanish, so miscommunication happens a lot.”

Johns said that Tom Ritz built the track, the same builder of the Giba Gorge combination track, which has a lot of similar features and suits the South Africans’ riding.

“The atmosphere is great at the track and the Colombians do know how to party so the music is loud and the crowd is loud,” continued Johns. “The racing is going to be fast and tough as we don't get to race a lot of South Americans often. It’s going to be interesting and I am really relishing the opportunity to represent my country again and make everyone at home proud.”

Kyle Dodd, Tyrone Johns and Tim O’Brien were selected for the National Team. Congratulations on your selection and good luck to all the riders.

ENDS