LOCAL STARS TO SHINE IN NZ: BMX champ Sifiso Nhlapo is just one of several South Africans who will be competing in the 2013 UCI BMX World Championships in New Zealand. Image: Red Bull
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - South African BMX riders will compete in the 2013 UCI BMX World Championships taking place in Auckland, New Zealand in July 24 - 28.
As per the new UCI qualifying criteria for the elite category, South Africa has qualified three elite and two junior elite entries.
Elite men and woman Kyle Dodd, Sifiso Nhlapo and Teagan O'Keeffe had been participating in international events leading up to the world champs and were fine-tuning their preparations.
Alex Limberg and Jaden Laubscher are part of the first wave of junior elites to be participating at the championships, which will serve as a qualifier for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
They have spent the past week training with national BMX coach Jonnathan Chislett in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Chrislett said: "Both Alex and Jaden seem really happy with their riding.
"Now that they have had a chance to ride the Supercross start hill and track, we can look forward to a more prepared and confident group of junior men in New Zealand."
Prior to this trip, the youngsters had never been down a Supercross start hill and were taking full advantage of the facility in Denmark in preparation for the World Champs.
BMX Team for Auckland:
Elite Men: Sifiso Nhlapo, Kyle Dodd
Junior Elite Men: Alex Limberg, Jaden Laubscher
Elite Woman: Teagan O'Keeffe
Challenge and Cruiser Categories:
Dylan Eggar, Alex Goncalves, Tyrone Johns, Kai Brett, Alex Dolman, Dylan Whittle, Connor Terblanche, Kane Herbert, Jarod Ellse and Jonnathan Chislett.
Privateers: Kita Uys, Madison Holder, Paton Holder, Amber Muller, Karabo Malemela, Kaiden Keyser, Liam Terblanche, Luca Bollea, Ethan Ellse, Matthew Dinham, Travis Barrett, Ross Eastaugh, Devon De Swardt, Brandon Pratt, Chad Turck, Dirk Uys, Wayne Beadsworth, Frans De Swardt, John Barrett and Peter Eastaugh.