Cycling South Africa announces that the following riders have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships, taking place in Baku (Azerbaijan) from 5-9 June. The riders were selected according to the BMX Selection Policy Document 2017 – 2019.
- Miyanda Maseti
- Braden Schutte
- Brent Johnson
- Tyler Thompson
- Ethan Goveia
- Andrew Kilian
- Deagan McCallum
- Luc O’Brien
- Andrew Posthumus
- Shai Duke-Norris
- Brandon Pratt
- Alex Limberg
- Jonnathan Chislett
- Jarod Ellse – Junior Men
- Tyrone Verrall – Junior Men – (Reserve)
- Georgina Grassie – Junior Woman
- Dylan Eggar – Elite Men
- Manqoba Madida – Elite Men – (Reserve)
Brent Johnson and Jonnathan Chislett both won world numbers in 2017, with Johnson securing a World #5 in the Challenge Class Boys 11 years and Chislett with a World #8 in the Challenge Class finals. Both riders will no doubt be ready to keep the world numbers in their names this year.
Pietermaritzburg’s Tyler Thompson and Gauteng’s Miyanda Maseti have both been racing extremely well and show good promise ahead of the prestigious world event.
South Africa’s current top elite racer, Dylan Eggar, will be looking to impress and to add a world number to his accolades, while Georgina Grassie steps up into the role of South Africa’s Junior Women category for the first year, showing optimism for women’s racing in our national BMX scene once again.
Azerbaijan, the “land of fire” is located on the western coast of the Caspian Sea, in the eastern part of the South Caucasus, and is set to welcome the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships in the capital city of Baku. When in Baku, the Yanar Dag (burning mountain) can be seen, caused by the hillside’s natural gas fire that is continuously ablaze.
The BMX Arena in Baku was built for the European Games and is the only arena to meet UCI standards. The arena offers a four-metre high first turn, and three-and-a-half metre height on turns two and three. The shape of the first jump is a world exclusive design, and the 395-metre track is set to provide a thrilling spectacle for all those in search of the Rainbow Stripes and World Numbers in early June.*
Congratulations on your selection and good luck!