The next three rounds (four, five and six) of the 2015 BMX National Age Group (N.A.G.) Championship Series take place at Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg, from 4-5 July, and entries for the event close tonight (Tuesday 30 June). Rounds one to three produced fantastic racing quality, and a well-supported event.
Rounds four, five and six of the Series promise to bring exciting racing to the Pietermaritzburg park, which is well known for not only BMX racing, but Track Cycling and Road events too.
Chairman of Pietermaritzburg BMX Club, Alan Norman, is thrilled to mention the new and improved ‘Alex’ Park BMX Track. “We have redone the start hill and rebuilt a lot of the track, with new jumps and even concrete berms. We are ready to race!” he said.
Norman mentioned that, although there were a few riders from Gauteng who came down to race over the past weekend, many of the riders would be racing on the new PMB track for the first time. “Preparations have all gone well and we are ready for the weekend,” he said.
Team Jeep’s Kyle Dodd, who took the overall win in the first three series rounds despite an injury to his wrist, is well on his way to recovery, but will be sitting this weekend out. He mentioned that, although it’s a long process, he would rather take the time he needs to be fully ready to race again. “Unfortunately World Champs in Belgium is also out of the question. I am hoping to go to Sweden in August, but we will have to wait and see,” he said.
Godfrey Buziba (ROCKSTAR Energy South Africa) is ready to roll ahead of this weekend’s racing. “I’ve based myself in KZN for about two months, training hard with Jonnathan Chislett, my coach, and its been going really good and I’m feeling really strong, so I’m amped,” he said.
Speaking about the updated Pietermaritzburg track, Buziba had this to say: “I’ve ridden the track almost every year. I went up to ride it this past weekend to get familiar with the changes that have been done – there are new jumps and the turns have been concreted, so they’re better than before.”
Buziba feels that his head in the right place for the weekend, and out of everything, mentioned that his favourite element of the sport is the gains felt from training and practice. “I love speed and only way you get that, is by training. I also love the big jumps. The training we do from gym to track work is so interesting and scientific. People think it is a get-on-your-bike-and-ride sport, but it is really precise,” he concluded.
Weather forecasts predict sunshine and warm weather for the city, with temperatures expected to reach mid to high twenties.
Entries for rounds four, five and six of the BMX NAG Series are open, and close tonight. Click here to enter: http://csams.cyclingsa.com/enter-an-event/bmx/2015---bmx---2015-national-age-group-series-%E2%80%93-legs-4,-5--6.aspx. No late entries will be accepted.
To see results from the 2015 BMX National Age Group (N.A.G.) Championship Series rounds one, two and three, click here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/bmx-downloads/
For further information, please contact Michelle Eggar on 081 300 7116.