BMX bug back in City of Choice

2010-09-24 00:00

THOSE who missed out on the action of the 2010 UCI BMX World Championships, held in the City of Choice in August, can catch up as Pietermaritzburg is struck by another BMX bug this weekend.

The South African BMX Championships and Grand Nationals will be taking place at the Golden Horse BMX track tomorrow until Sunday, when the big names in the BMX world will be sweating it out on the race- track.

This year, South African Olympian and MTN BMX cyclist Sifiso “Skizo” Nhlapo will compete in the MTN Grand Nationals, an event he missed last year due to a spinal injury that he suffered while training in June 2009.

Nhlapo is in top form after being placed second overall in the UCI BMX World Championships held in August.

He has also competed successfully overseas with a seventh place in the quarter-final of the third round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup held in Chula Vista, California, on September 17 and 18.

Nhlapo has jumped from 25th to 15th on the overall UCI BMX rankings and is slowly fighting his way back to the top after being out of action for eight months.

There are no other South Africans in the top 50.

Sharlene McGilvray, who won a gold medal in the Cruiser Class categories in this year’s BMX World Champs after six attempts, said: “I am looking forward to this event because this time I will be competing against men.”

She said she hopes to beat Stu McKenzie, one of her training partners.

“I want Stu to be the one looking at my back because I will be leading him; this time around he is not going to beat me.

“I am feeling very confident because I have been training very hard for this up coming event,” said McGilvray.

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