Boy racers eager to try out world champs track

2010-07-28 00:00

COMPETITORS were given their first opportunity to try out the new track at the Royal Showgrounds yesterday ahead of the UCI World BMX Championships, which begins tomorrow.

Most of the 280 members of the South African team were present, many of them juniors, and they were all eager to practise on the track and get a feel for the surface.

The team was addressed by the chairperson of KwaZulu Natal BMX and manager of the national High Performance Team, Kim Stiebel.

Stiebel wished the riders luck before telling them when they will be able to use the surface for practice sessions.

He then handed over to Jonathan Chislett, who became the current world champion in the 25 -29 years category on a 20-inch after winning at last year’s event in Australia.

Chislett gave some words of encouragement to the young riders in the crowd, offering them some valuable insights about how to approach their training sessions in preparing for the main event at the weekend.

“When I go out on to a track for the first time, I like to take one slow lap and then start attacking the straights.And if you feel like you’re strong enough to do something, then you must do it,” he said to hundreds of eager youngsters.

Chislett advised the young riders not to wear themselves out at practice because there is a lot of racing to be done

He said he is extremely pleased to see so many youngsters participating in the event. “It’s extremely encouraging. When we go overseas to race, we are used to having 20 to 30 South African riders.

“To see so many of our young guys competing at a world-class event like this is certainly very good for our sport.”

The Witness caught up with local favourite Sharlene McGilvray after she had completed a brief stint on the track.

“The track is absolutely amazing,” she said.

The public will be able to attend today’s final practice day free of charge. Parking will be available at Voortrekker High School.

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