Cycling South Africa crowned national champions in a thrilling session of BMX racing at the 2014 SA BMX National Championships, which took place at Giba Gorge, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday 25 October. Defending champion Kyle Dodd had a successful morning in the Junior/Elite category, winning all his motos leading up to the Mains. Kane Herbert was his closest contender, with 2014 Youth Olympic Games participant Alex Limberg close on his heels.
In the Mains, Dodd made another clean sweep, successfully defending his title as SA National Champion. His strongest rival, Herbert, crashed on the second straight, ruling him out of contention. Second place went to Limberg, with Bryce Stiebel finishing third.
Photo caption: The Elite Men launch out of the start gate on the 8 metre start hill of South Africa, and Africa’s, only BMX Supercross track during the 2014 SA BMX National Championships, which took place at Giba Gorge, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday 25 October.
Photo credit: Kevin Bender
“I got better and better with each moto. I’ve been working hard on the gate starts, and I just felt better as the day went on. I had a good start in the Mains and tried to keep it smooth on the track, and I am happy with the win,” said Dodd, who was elated at sealing the victory. Maia Rawlins, who also attended the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, won all her motos with Stacey Bryant second, and Kayla Eggar third. Rawlins was solid in the Mains, comfortably securing a win on her home track. “I felt comfortable on the track all day. My training has been going well, and it was great to win on my home track,” said Rawlins.
The well-supported championship event saw 162 riders take to the start line to battle it out for top honours across all the age categories. With five Elite women racing, this was the first time that they competed in the “Elite Women” class, earning coveted UCI points.