Team South Africa are currently competing in the UCI BMX World Champs in Denmark. Whilst day two didn’t produce any podiums, we have high hopes for our Elites competing on Saturday.
After the excitement of the first day’s racing at the 2011 UCI BMX World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday was not the most exciting day for the South African team in terms of results. However, the racing was fantastic and the Masters final a classic showdown, with American legends Matt Pohlkamp and Jason Carnes taking on the 2006 Elite men’s champ Javier Colombo, with Pohlkamp taking the title.
Cycling South Africa’s BMX High Performance Commissioner Kim Stiebel fills us in with more detail:
In terms of the South African results for the second day of racing for the 15-years and over, the riders put in some good efforts. In the 17-24 men’s class, which consisted of 123 entrants, Themba Hlophe and Darron Brett rode well in the moto’s to advance to the 1/8 finals. Unfortunately they both could go no further. Riley McCabe qualified for the quarter finals in 17 and over Women and Wayne Beadsworth, who looked really good in his moto’s, also making the quarter finals in 30 and over men. So that is where the day ended for team South Africa.
The depth of the riding in the older age groups at these championships is incredible – both boys 15 and 16 had almost 100 entries per class! Also noted was that the bigger the riders get, the more physical things become, and our riders need to learn to be more aggressive in a pack, to get themselves into the all important qualifying positions.
With the Challenge Class racing completed, it was time for the elite practice. Dean Holdstock and Kane Herbert were first up and looked smooth and comfortable on the track. Next was Junior Men with Kyle Dodd and Miguel Carvalho. They put their valued experience of training at this track last year as part of our High Performance development squad to good use and looked comfortable on the track.
Then it was Teagan O’Keeffe’s turn. It was really good to see Teagan again* and she was just getting into her session when the heavens opened and severely affected the women’s practice. Rain is predicted for Saturday, but let’s hope it stays away.
The Elite riders participate in the Time Trial today (Friday) with the Elite Finals taking place on Saturday.
Teagan has been part of the High Performance program and is one of six South African cyclists that has been identified by the South African Olympic committee as an athlete with medal-winning potential, to be part of the OPEX Program, and is consequently being groomed for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Teagan is currently training at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland with her coach Thomas Allier.