Sifiso Nhlapo to spearhead SA challenge at BMX world champs

2010-05-18 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG — With just over 10 weeks to go, the countdown to the UCI BMX World Championships in Pietermaritzburg has begun and the top riders are working to strict training schedules to make sure they are ready to challenge for the year’s most important race.

The Elite and Junior men’s and women’s World Championship events take place on the purpose-built track in the Royal Showgrounds on Saturday, July 31, but practice for all riders starts on Tuesday, July 27, with racing for all the other classes starting on Thursday, July 29, and running through to Sunday, August 1.

One man who will be desperate to win in Pietermaritzburg is sure to be Sifiso Nhlapo. The South African Olympic finalist suffered a frustrating year in 2009 after a massive crash while training halted his steady rise up through the international ranks.

But Nhlapo (23) is back on the track and challenging the big guns. As well as being SA’s poster boy for BMX, he is also the country’s big hope for glory at the Pietermaritzburg event.

Although one of Nhlapo’s biggest challengers, 2009 World Champion Donny Robinson, is injured and it is not certain if he will be in Pietermaritzburg to defend his title, there are plenty of other riders who are building up to challenge for the world champion’s crown.

The UCI BMX World Championships takes place at the Royal Showgrounds from July 29 to August 1. Visit: www.bmxworldchampspmb.co.za for details

 

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