BMX World Champs

2010-07-03 00:00

THE Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg will be the venue for the pinnacle of BMX racing from July 29 to August 1, but logistics mean that the ground-breaking temporary track for the UCI BMX World Champs will be put together in just eight days, with very little room for error.

The track has been designed by the UCI and all the building work will be handled by UCI track builders Tom Ritzenthaler and Kyle Bennett under the watchful eye of technical delegate John Lindstrom.

South Africa’s national track design co-ordinator, Eugene Eggars, has the massive responsibility of making sure the international delegation have everything they need to produce the world-class facility.

“We have to get all the sand, machinery and materials they need before they arrive and make sure we have machinery operators to work with them,” said Eggars.

“It is a tough logistical operation … for example we have to get five-and-a-half thousand cubic metres of sand into the Royal Showgrounds. … we have to come in and dump the sand at night so as not to disrupt the Pietermaritzburg traffic.”

The first of its kind, the track is actually two tracks in one: the World Championships track for Elite riders, and the slightly easier track for the World Challenge age group racing. The main Elite track has an eight-metre-high start ramp that is 10 m wide and 26 m long, and leads to a 385 m track littered with jumps, including one over the top of the Challenge track. The 355 m Challenge track has a five-metre-high start ramp.

The event organisers are trying to source a plot of land so they can use the soil and materials from the World Championship track to build a permanent international standard track as a legacy of the World Championships.

Glengarry MTB Classic

Andrew Warr (Muscle & Fitness) rode to victory at the 56 km Glengarry MTB Classic last weekend in one hour, 56 minutes and 56 seconds. Willie Brink (Team Jeep) broke the two-hour mark (1:58:08) to place second. Greg Anderson was third (2:08:48).

Cherie Vale led the women’s field (2:30:39) with Sarah Drew second (2:45:09) and Terry Pellow-Jarman third (2:48:42).

Junior Dani Jensen and Julia Hackland won the 37 km event while Andrew Edwards and Catherine Pellow-Jarman were the winners of the 17 km event.

Full results at



Tyronne White was in good form to win the Heatonville 50 km MTB Classic in Zululand last weekend. He won the race in a time of two hours and six seconds, just six seconds clear of hardened racer Sean Merridew. John Ntuli placed third (2:07:59).

Desiree Briedenhann was the first woman home in 2:40:42, followed by Simone Scrase (3:20:51) and master woman Jan Grundlingh (3:22:38).

Siblings Matthew Schuit and Savannah Schuit were the men’s and women’s winners of the 25 km race.

Full results at



Finally, for road cyclists there is a road race in the middle of winter! The Bandit Toti 69er takes place next Sunday, July 11. Choose from 84 km, 69 km and 25 km. Entries: .Inquiries: Tracy at 031 916 6148.



The Safire Super Classic takes place tomorrow morning at Baynesfield Estate. Registration will be between 6.30 am and 9 am with timing by Elite Timing. There will be batch starts from 9 am. Choose between the 45 km Classic, 25 km Intermediate or 10 km fun ride.

Sunday, July 11, sees the John Dory’s Golovane MTB Classic taking place from Holla Trails near Ballito. On offer are 50 km, 20 km and five-kilometre events. Enter at



The second event in the Time Freight Multisport Series takes place on Sunday, July 18, at Albert Falls. Worthwhile entry incentives, a superb venue and fantastic prizes make this event a must for all multisporters.

Participants can choose between Multisport and Multix events.

For information, entries, route maps, photos and more, visit

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