Limberg on fire at NAG Series opener

Elite Alex Limberg (Plate 950) had a fantastic weekend, winning all eight races on Saturday.Photo credit: Daryn Varney

Elite Alex Limberg (Plate 950) had a fantastic weekend, winning all eight races on Saturday.Photo credit: Daryn Varney

The Germiston BMX Club’s track came alive when the opening rounds of the SA BMX National Age Group Series came to town from 23-24 March 2019. Legs 1, 2 and 3 were hosted with Legs 1 and 3 being UCI C1 sanctioned events, which meant point-scoring events for our Elite racers.

Cycling SA BMX Commission Director Margot Gerber said that the entire weekend presented some of the best racing that she had seen! Apart from stacked gates and even an separate Junior Elite class for the first time ever, equally impressive was the competitive racing spirit in the girls’ classes.

Miyanda Maseti followed by Hannah Stiebel in the Girls 14 and over class. Photo credit: Daryn Varney

Miyanda Maseti followed by Hannah Stiebel in the Girls 14 and over class. Photo credit: Daryn Varney

Kita Uys cemented her name at the top of the Girls 14-and-over class with consistently good performances on Saturday. Her sister Kyla also kept her momentum high with some really tight challenges from Georgina Grassie as well.

Alex Limberg (Elite) had a fantastic weekend, winning all eight races on Saturday. On Sunday, he had an unfortunate start in the final where he met with Manqoba Madida on the first berm. The return of the Webster boys – Alex and Liam from Germany – set the cat amongst the pigeons and provided very good competition in the UCI category races. Madida has since returned to Switzerland where he currently trains and resides at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle. The weekend’s races missed the presence of African Continental Champion Dylan Eggar after he was injured at gate start practice on Friday and did not race the rest of the weekend.

With so many riders eager to kick off the season opener, a Junior Elite class was split from the Elite riders to provide their own race. The stacked gates saw Tyrone Verrall take the top spot followed closely by Ethan Goveia and Andrew Kilian.

World No.5 William Jackson in the 50-and-over class. Photo credit: Daryn Varney

World No.5 William Jackson in the 50-and-over class. Photo credit: Daryn Varney

In the 50-and-over class, World No.5 William Jackson dominated his class once again with impressive results in the heats and finals throughout the weekend.

Lloyd Dodd continued his dominance in the 25-and-over class; while the 17-24 attracted a huge field and very tight competition which could’ve been anybody’s race as no clear winner could be predicted throughout the heats.

Youngster Matthew Fulton (World No.5) dominated the 8 Expert class. Photo credit: Daryn Varney

Youngster Matthew Fulton (World No.5) dominated the 8 Expert class. Photo credit: Daryn Varney

World No.5 Brent Johnson won his races in the 13-14 Expert Class, while Youngster Matthew Fulton (also World No.5) dominated his 8 Expert class as well. The participating numbers were raised with more of the little riders coming through in the 5-and-under class in novice series, which is always promising for the future of the sport.

All photos (C) Daryn Varney

Summary of Results – 2019 SA BMX National Age Group Series (1-3) – Germiston


Elites
1.Alex Limberg (Alrode BMX Club)
2.Manqoba Madida (Giba BMX Club)
3.Brandon Pratt (Alrode BMX Club)

Junior Elites
1.Tyrone Verrall (Germiston BMX Club)
2.Ethan Goveia (Giba BMX Club)
3.Andrew Kilian (Kempton Park BMX Club)

Cruiser 50+
1.William Jackson (Alrode BMX Club)
2.Alan Dodd (Alrode BMX Club)
3.Michael Fikkert (Giba BMX Club)

Cruiser 35-49
1.Tobias Groenewald (Overberg BMX Club)
2.Tyrone Pinnoy (Giba BMX Club)
3.Brannigan Achadinha (Cradle BMX Club)

Cruiser 16-34
1.Shai Duke-Norris (PMB BMX Club)
2.Dean Bapista (Alrode BMX Club)
3.Andrew Mwanjira (Zimbabwe)

25 and over Expert
1.Lloyd Dodd (Alrode BMX Club)
2.Byron Robertson (Cradle BMX Club)
3.Wayne Beadsworth (QBH BMX Club)

9 Expert
1.Tàen Lee Govender (PMB BMX Club)
2.Tariq Shelton (Zimbabwe)
3.Harrison Fouche (Kempton Park BMX Club)

8 Expert
1.Matthew Fulton (Cradle BMX Club)
2.Quinn St John Ward (PMB BMX Club)
3.Jayden Beadsworth (QBH BMX Club)

7 Expert
1.Tate Barnard (Giba BMX Club)
2.Gabriel Santos (PMB BMX Club)
3.Reagan Mellon (Cradle BMX Club)

15-16 Novice
1.Travis Vickery (Kempton Park BMX Club)

13-14 Novice
1.Mongezi Madida (Giba BMX Club)
2.Neo Radebe  (Cradle BMX Club)
3.Spencer Muchamiri (Zimbabwe)

11-12 Novice
1.Matteo Stipcevich  (Cradle BMX Club)
2.Brolin van Wyk (PMB BMX Club)
3.Alex Vorster (QBH BMX Club)

10 Novice
1.James Hoare (Kempton Park BMX Club)
2.Jarred Wood (Alrode BMX Club)

9 Novice
1.Ashton Pinnoy (QBH BMX Club)
2.Bongani Mnguni (Germiston BMX Club)

8 Novice
1.Gabriel Rudings (Alrode BMX Club)
2.Noah Graham (Kempton Park BMX Club)
3.Noe Colladon (Zimbabwe)

7 Novice
1.Raphael van der Walt (Kempton Park BMX Club)
2.Nkosilathi Nkala (Zimbabwe)
3.Caiden Reynolds  (Cradle BMX Club)

6 Novice
1.Zachary Roux (Kempton Park BMX Club)
2.Damien Blair (Cradle BMX Club)
3.Travis Liddell (PMB BMX Club)

5 and under
1.Parker CIK (Kempton Park BMX Club)
2.Mambo Kabasa (Zimbabwe)
3.Seth Strydom (Alrode BMX Club)

Girls 14 and over
1.Georgina Grassie (Giba BMX Club)
2.Miyanda Maseti (Kempton Park BMX Club)
3.Hannah Stiebel (Giba BMX Club)

Girls 11-13
1.Melissa Robertson (Cradle BMX Club)
2.Zoe Limberg (Alrode BMX Club)
3.Amara van Vuuren (PMB BMX Club)

Girls 9-10
1.Alexandra Santos (PMB BMX Club)
2.Astrid van der Merwe (Alrode BMX Club)
3.Taytum Gould (Kempton Park BMX Club)

Girls 8 and under
1.Rylee van Heerden (QBH BMX Club)
2.Isabella du Toit (Kempton Park BMX Club)
3.Leah Mitchell (Giba BMX Club)