Cycling South Africa announces that the following riders have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships, taking place in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium from 23-27 July.
Dylan Eggar (Elite Men)
Manqoba Madida (Elite Men)
Alex Limberg (Reserve – Elite Men)
Jarod Ellse (Junior Elite Men)
Tyrone Verrall (Reserve Junior Elite Men)
Connor Terblanche (Reserve Junior Elite Men)
The Challenge Class will be led by Team Manager Clinton Orr, while the Championship Class will be led by Team Manager Travis Goveia.
Cycling SA qualified two Elite Men spots, with Dylan Eggar as the highest point scorer, and Manqoba Madida (currently training at the UCI World Cycling Centre) receiving the selectors’ vote. Alex Limberg is the reserve. In the Junior Elite category, the federation didn't qualify any spots but were awarded one spot by default – Jarod Ellse is only Junior with UCI points therefore Tyrone Verrall is selected as first reserve and Connor Terblanche as the second reserve.
The first NAG Series opener in Germiston was classed as a UCI C1 event and all future national events will be C1 until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification stops. These valuable UCI points will help for next year’s qualification for UCI World Championships and hopefully the federation can qualify more Junior and Elite riders and garner more Olympic qualification points through participation on our domestic events.
Cycling SA’s BMX Commission is hoping to receive more world numbers this year as there will be a few young riders attending the championship event, but the challenge will be tough with a massive anticipated 3000+ riders in Europe for this race. There is a total of 32 riders competing from South Africa, which is made up of a combination of selected riders and privateers. All expenses are covered by the riders, and privateers are also allowed to attend the event as per UCI rules.
The BMX track is located inside the former Formula 1 circuit of Zolder. The hosts have used the approach of the car circuit to give the bends different names for the BMX track, which has resulted in names like “Buchanan Bend”, “Pajon Peralte” and the “Post Corner” after some of BMX racing’s most well-known celebrities who are three of the fastest Elite Women in the world!
The track has been adapted several times in order to offer new challenges to riders each time. For example, the first and second line were adjusted in 2018. The second corner was also made wider. These changes have always been made with the advice and approach of the UCI, riders and national trainers, giving us a world-class track!*
Congratulations on your selection and good luck!