SIX members of the Pietermaritzburg BMX Club will be heading to the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships this July in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.
“How often can we say that we have local athletes from Pietermaritzburg going to a world event! “Some of our riders do not even own cars but they will be climbing onto a plane for the first time in their lives to represent not only our city, but our country,” said the chairperson of the BMX club, Lauren Liddell.
Catching up with some of the members of the crew that will be heading to Belgium, the Fever was told that the riders are very excited to be travelling and competing abroad, and that they were hoping to do our city and country proud. The youngest member of the team to be selected, six-year-old Gabe Santos — who is ranked first nationally and provincially in the under-six category — said that this will be his first international competition and that his love for bike racing is what is keeping him motivated to do well. The 31-year-old Shai Duke-Norris, who competed in last year’s world championships in Azerbaijan Baku, said he felt honoured to be competing for his country again, likening it to being a Springbok player. Bradley Reddy, who began riding at the age of 15, said that to be selected for the trip was a great feeling and good encouragement for him to know that his hard work and effort is being recognised.
“I have been eating healthy and training six times a week in order to be well-prepared for the event,” said Bradley. Another member of the team heading to Belgium, Tyler Thompson, said being selected for a second year in a row was amazing and showed that hard work and determination pays off. “This is a huge honour and privilege for our riders. “Pietermaritzburg should be very proud of these runners and support them as they bring glory to our city,” said Liddell.
“How often can we say that we have local athletes from Pietermaritzburg going to a world event! Some of our riders do not even own cars but they will be climbing onto a plane for the first time in their lives to represent not only our city, but our country,” said Lauren Liddell.