The South African BMX team has arrived safely in Birmingham, Great Britain for the 2012 UCI BMX World Championships that take place from 23rd to 27th May.
According to Team SA Manager Alan Dodd, Team South Africa comprising of 58 Challenge, 5 Championship and around 50 spectators is a record attendance for a Worlds event and the spirits amongst the riders are extremely high. The total world’s entries are 2108 from 35 nations, which is slightly lower than last year.
The spectacular event is only 3 months before the 2012 London Olympics, and takes place in Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena.
“To put it into perspective, the track is 302m and the total staging area is 350m so the team management comprising of 10 individuals are going to have their hands full ensuring that no riders miss their moto’s,” says Dodd. “Special thanks must go out to these folk who have given of their time to assist riders in achieving their goals.
“Practice day one went extremely well on one of the shortest most technical styled tracks to-date. The riders glided through the track with flying colours, having been exposed to this type of environment from our SA Championships recently held in Pietermartizburg.
“Our first incident came from daring Jade de Jonge who was the first rider to jump the triple down the first straight. Many of our youngsters were able to breeze through the track with confidence from Kita Uys all the way through to Shannon Buys.
“We look forward to the next training session on Wednesday at 13:00, for the team to really dial into the track to try and build up a sweat,” added Dodd.