BMX homecoming for Lubbe

2011-03-31 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG — U.S. based BMX rider Gavin Lubbe returned to South Africa last week ahead of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup season opener in Pietermaritzburg, determined to do his country of birth proud.

Lubbe and his family crossed the Atlantic in 2004 and after setting up home in Atlanta, they settled in Monterey, California, where they have spent the past five years.

All this came about after BMX-obsessed Lubbe watched the 2001 World Champs in the United States and made up his mind that the U.S. was where he wanted to pursue his BMX dreams.

“I spoke to my dad about exploring the possibility of him finding a position in his line of work in the States and then, in 2004, an opportunity came his way which we jumped at,” explains Lubbe.

“It’s been fantastic being over there, but South Africa will definitely always be my home.

“Over there you have a major race at least once a month where the world’s fastest racers come together and compete, so it’s always a great standard,” he added.

“To come back to South Africa is always awesome though, and to see all my friends who I grew up with and have stayed in contact with over the years is great.”

Having overcome a recent quadricep and femur injury, which he picked up while racing in Texas, Lubbe is raring to go and eager to contribute to the South African Olympic cause.

“Preparations have been going fairly well and I feel everything is coming together again after my recent injury, which I’m very happy about,” said Lubbe. “I aim to give it my best shot at the Supercross and try score as many points as I can to get South Africa to the Olympics.”

“I was born here and my heart will always be here. I have incredibly fond memories of South Africa and so all that I hope to do is make my country proud!” he added.

“It’s always great having the home crowd behind you, it always gives that extra bit of confidence.”

Two years ago Lubbe returned to South Africa to compete in the 2009 UCI BMX Supercross.

However, the 21-year-old feels he is far more prepared for what lies ahead this time round.

“I’m definitely more confident this time, especially on the hill. Jumps are jumps and you can get used to those pretty easily, but the hill takes a lot of practice and hard work and I feel I’ve done that now,” said Lubbe.

Rising talent and another of South Africa’s Supercross entries Kyle Dodd recently spent three months in the U.S. with Lubbe, where he gained invaluable experience.

“It was great having Kyle [Dodd] over there training and racing the circuit. He has come along in leaps and bounds over such a short period of time and the sky’s the limit for him in my opinion.” said Lubbe.

“He has a really bright future ahead of him in BMX with many great things to come.” he added.

All the action from the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup takes place at Alexandra Park on April 8 and 9.

— Gameplan Media.

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