Sibling stars of many cycling disciplines, Kita and Kyla Uys are preparing with their dad Dirk for this weekend’s opening rounds of the SA BMX National Age Group (NAG) Series, which takes place at Germiston BMX Club from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 April. Entries are open and close on Tuesday 11 April.
Current U13 SA National Road Champion and African Continental BMX Champion Kita also managed to break two National Records in the U13 Individual Pursuit and Time Trial events at the SA National Track Championships in Bellville in the Western Cape last week.
She says she is very excited about this weekend’s BMX races, and is looking forward to getting some good power behind the wheels for the first event of the Series in the Girls 11-13 category. She will battle it out against young names like Chelsey O’Brien, Melissa Robertson and Michelle Knott, to name a few. “Miyanda Maseti is my friend. She is very good, so she is probably my toughest competition,” she added.
Kita spoke about this weekend and said: “I’m not expecting to win, but I know I’m going to go out there and try my best,” she said.
Younger sister Kyla has also dabbled in many disciplines, and has begun to enjoy mountain biking as well, but chatting about her favourite part about the BMX discipline, she said: “My favourite part about the whole of BMX racing is definitely going down the start ramp.”
Dad, Dirk will be racing in the Men’s Cruiser 40+ Category. When chatting about the playing field and level of competition for him, he said: “There is no middle ground, there are just two extremes – laid back, or super aggressive.”
He also spoke about the benefits of family sharing a sporting passion. “It’s just so great that we get to go out and ride together.” Kita and Dirk completed the Telkom 947 on a tandem bike and got a time of three hours and six minutes, despite a puncture. “It’s nice to be able to do stuff with the kids,” he said.
Dirk also spoke about how cycling has benefited his daughters: “Kita began cycling from the age of four-and-a-half years, and Kyla at three-and-a-half. Their self-confidence in school improved dramatically once they began riding. They are now both strong leaders at school.”
Both young girls excel academically and on the bike, and are allowed down time whenever they need it. “If I see them watching TV for a few hours in the day then I don’t mind, because I know that they have worked really hard that morning on the bike either at training or a race, and they have a great balance,” said Dirk.
In the Elite group, Kyle Dodd has also taken some time out from racing. “I got back into some off-season training down at the Vaal doing some long-distance training to get some strength into my legs, followed by a much needed holiday with the family in Mozambique,” he said.
In the New Year, Dodd had an operation to fix and old injury, which hindered his training slightly, but he did all that he could to not fall behind. “I am always ready to turn my pedals and give everyone hell, which is what I'll be doing this weekend,” he said.
When he isn’t on the bike, Dodd spends part of his time at his part-time job and the other part studying.
The 2017 season, Dodd feels, is going to be a great one. His head is in the game and the legs are moving. “2017 is another long season, and I’m not too sure how much travelling I will be doing but I am looking to carry on where I left off with some titles to my name.
“I think my biggest focus for this season is to train really hard for World Champs and try to get in that Elite final where I have always wanted to be.”
Entries are still open, and close Tuesday 11 April. To enter, click here: https://cyclingsa-events.co.za/app/
To see the entry list so far, click here: https://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20170410_NAG-ENTRIES-10TH-APRIL.pdf