The second round of the inaugural Development Race Day Series 2014 took place in the eThekwini District at Lahee Park Sports Grounds in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday 20 September.
The eThekwini District embraced the series and saw representation from Ashley Primary School, Benjamin Pine Primary School, Christianenburg Primary School, Zakhele Primary School and Kwamanzini Primary School.
The dead flat race track, which was set up using cones on a rugby field, produced some fast and flat-out racing from the enthusiastic competitors. The kids who arrived early were allowed to practice on the course while the others arrived.
“When I was watching practice, what I thought would happen, did,” said Cycling KZN Development Officer Tyrone Johns. “The kids were flying around the course and loving the speed they could get out of their GT BMX Bikes. If there is something I have learnt, it is that Kids, Speed and Racing go hand-in-hand and the looks on their faces when they are flying around the track just makes all the effort worth it.”
Racing followed the practice session, and the kids prepared to compete in their various heats before entering a process of elimination rounds. There were six children under the age of ten, so a slight tweak to the usual programme meant that the six raced each other in the same heat, as opposed to the traditional twelve and under category. This resulted in success with the kids putting in a strong effort to progress through the heats. Ethan Hood from Benjamin Pine Primary took top honours and was closely followed by Malibonge Cele from Christianenburg Primary and Sanelise Zama from Ashley Primary in third place.
Next up was the eleven- and twelve-year category with Arnold Sithole from Ashley Primary in first place followed by Sizwe Dlamini from Ashley Primary and Menzi Radebe also from Ashley Primary, it was really good to see Ashley Primary School cleaning up the top three positions in that race.
Then it was down to the fastest guys of the day in the main event. In first place was Sihle Cele from Ashley Primary, second place Malaziwe Njapha from Christianenberg Primary and third place Ntuthuko Mbatha from Christianenburg Primary.
Unfortunately, their was a poor turnout of young girls, so the only female competitor, Yasmine Brown from Ashley Primary, had to compete against the boys. She raced superbly and even made it into the main event with all the boys, proving her competitive capabilities and earning a gold medal for her efforts.
We extend a big “thank you” to KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation’s Reneesha Nath and Johan Wepener for joining us at the event. Without the support and backing of the KwaZulu-Natal’s Department of Sport and Recreation, the series of events would not be possible.
The Development Race Day Series 2014 is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sports and Recreation, Cycling South Africa and Cycling KZN. The next event takes place in the Mandeni District at Mcatshengalwa Primary School on Saturday, 4 October 2014. For further information about the Development Series Race Day, please contact KZN Cycling Development Officer, Tyrone Johns, on 083 606 6086.