UCI BMX World Champs Pietermaritzburg
The UCI BMX World Championships in Pietermaritzburg is just ten weeks away from now and the countdown has started. Top riders are getting into strict training schedules to get into their best form and physical shape to meet the challenge of this year’s most important event. In the Royal Show Grounds, the Elite and Junior men’s and women’s World Championship events jump off on this custom-built track specifically designed for this purpose on July 31, Saturday. Practices for all riders will commence on the 27th of July, Tuesday. On Thursday, July 29 to August 1, races for all other classes are to get underway.
Sifiso Nhlapo is sure to be vying for the win in Pietermaritzburg. His rise through the international ranks was held up during a terrible crash in 2009 while in training. Known as Skizo among his countrymen, he placed third in the 2008 World Championships in China. He ranked seventh at the Beijing Olympic Games and is on a comeback trail ready to face up with big guns. He is South Africa’s poster rider for BMX and his country’s hope for a win at the Pietermaritzburg events. The entire SA BMX community was happy with the 23-year-old Skizo who finished in the semi finals at the World Cup held in Denmark early in May.
To win a most coveted home victory demands Nhlapo to be in his best shape and form to face one of his toughest nemeses, Donny Robinson, the 2009 World Champion. Though it is uncertain for Donny to be competing in Pietermaritzburg to defend his title due to a recent injury, other riders en masse are ready and eager to meet the challenge for the World champion’s title.
This season, two World Cup events has transpired and the rider to beat is the reigning Latvian Olympic Champion, Maris Strombergs. He tops the 2010 World Cup standings after winning the World Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The 19-year-old Sam Willoughby is the world’s top ranked rider. Earlier this year, he won the race at the World Cup event in Madrid. If it hadn’t been for a crash in the semi finals in Copenhagen, Sam would have been in a sure winner.
The woman to beat in the women’s category is Laetitia le Corguille of France who has won two consecutive World Cup victories in her name.
The Royal Show Grounds in Pietermaritzburg will be the site of the UCI BMX World Championships on July 29 up to August 1, 2010. Details are posted at www.bmxworldchampspmb.co.za.