Rounds four, five and six of the 2015 BMX National Age Group (N.A.G.) Championship Series are taking place at Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg, from 4-5 July, and entries are now open. Rounds one to three produced an excellent quality of racing, which was well supported by riders, friends and families inside and outside of the BMX community. The first three legs of the series took place at the Germiston BMX Club in Delville, Gauteng in April.
After delivering superb results from these rounds, Connor Terblanche (Alrode BMX Club) is looking forward to racing the next three. He says: ‘I will be in Pietermaritzburg to race, I have ridden there before, but not on the new track and so I am looking forward to that.’ Terblanche (13) competes in the 13-14 Expert category, and has numerous accolades to his name thus far, including a World Number 3 in 12 Under Cruiser Men (24”) UCI World Championships in Rotterdam last year, and 2013, 2012 and 2010 National BMX Champion, to name a few. The grade 7 pupil from Kyalami, Johannesburg, also loves playing rugby and cricket, and is capable of balancing school sport as well as BMX riding.
He says: ‘Luckily, because the sports I play are seasonal and BMX is all-year-round, I am able to fit it in around the school sport.’ Songo.info sent six riders from Kayamandi Township in Cape Town to the first event in Germiston and again, will be bringing six through to Pietermaritzburg. BMX coach Darryn Stowe says: ‘Three of the riders who competed in the first three legs will be going to Maritzburg, but the other three we have rotated a bit. Out original intention was to have the same team for the whole year, but its also great to give others a chance to compete.’ Stowe also mentioned that rounds four, five and six, fall within the school holidays: ‘This is awesome because we get to road trip down to KwaZulu-Natal and spend a few days traveling. We don’t need to rush to or from the venue, we can just relax and have a good time.’ The track in Pietermaritzburg is new to the young riders.
He says: ‘We have ridden in Durban before, but never in PMB. I know that it is quite big and so will prove to be quite challenging, but again it’s a new experience and new lessons.’ In terms of preparation and practice, Stowe mentioned that it does prove to be quite trying in the cold and wet Cape weather, but they have been keeping fit in other ways and going out onto the track when they can. Entries for rounds four, five and six of the BMX NAG Series are now open.
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For further information, please contact Michelle Eggar on 081 300 7116.
Photo: Connor Terblanche
Photo credit: Kevin Bender