The South African National Age Group Series (NAG) rounds four, five and six will be taking place this year at the brand new X-Stream Balance Adventure Park track in Krugersdorp on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July. Entries for the event are now open.
The NAG Series attracts most of the country’s greatest BMX stars from ages as young as the under-5 age category, right through to the 30-and-above age groups.
The X-Stream Balance Adventure Park is situated inside of the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve at the Thatch Café, where friends and loved ones of those participating in the races can sit back and grab a bite to eat or something to drink. Event organiser and track builder, Chris van der Merwe said: “Funnily enough, we started building this time last year. So it will be our first National here. The National is taking place a year after we got the go ahead to build.”
Van der Merwe, who initiated the Strider Balance Bikes movement into South Africa, has had a strong passion for skills development of the youngest riders. “We get the little ones balancing on the pedal-less bikes first and then put them onto the track. We let them ride and ride more to build their confidence levels up enough so that when they are old enough to be on a bike with pedals, it will easy,” he said.
Van Der Merwe highlighted the importance of getting riders onto bikes from a young age, no matter the chosen future discipline. “The children on these bikes learn more motor skills, depth perception, and problem solving skills than almost any other activity at school,” he said.
“It’s just so great to see those who were afraid to sit on a bike a few months back, starting to get onto the BMX bikes and want to race. We will hopefully be seeing many of these youngsters in the six and under categories next weekend,” he said.
When chatting about the Thatch Café, he said: “We have such a great restaurant with fantastic food for family members of those riding to enjoy,” he said.
Van der Merwe is looking forward to the next National Series legs, and anticipates a day of spectacular racing. “It’s going to be a great event; it’s so exciting and I know that they’re all going to enjoy the track.
“The course is definitely of international racing standards. I feel that if you can master this track, you’ll manage at any of the international ones,” he concluded.
Entries for the South African National Age Group Series (NAG) rounds four, five and six are open. To enter, click here: https://entries.cyclingsa.com/events/7701-2016-bmx-nags-leg-4-6
For further information, please contact Michelle Eggar on 081 300 7116.