Maia Rawlins

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Maia Rawlins SA BMX Racing Rider Profile

Personal Details

  • Full Name: Maia Rawlins
  • Nick Name: Maia

  • Date of Birth: 25 October 1997

  • Height (cm): 160

  • Home Town: Durban

  • Profession: Student

Racing Details

  • Race or Career no: SA 1 (196)
  • Province: Kwazulu Natal

  • Club: Giba Gorge Cycling Club

  • Team: Team Giba Gorge

  • Years Riding:  4

  • Racing Class: Junior Woman

More about Maia


  • Favorite Food: Pasta
  • Favorite Song / Artists: Any

Sponsors: Mom and Dad


2013 & 2012

  • SA 1 Title

2010, 2011 & 2012

  • UCI BMX World Championships.
  • (Although they were not my best results, I am proud to have raced and represent my country)


  • 2nd Place at a German Local Race


  • Grand National Title (first year of racing)

 Overcoming mental blocks and keeping positive through setbacks.

International Events:

  • 2014 -  UCI BMX World Championships, Rotterdam, Denmark
  • 2012 - UCI BMX World Championships, Birmingham, England
  • 2011 - UCI BMX World Championships, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2011 - Raced in Germany
  • 2010 - UCI BMX World Championships, PMB, SA

Favorite BMX Tracks: 

  • Giba Gorge is my all-time favorite track because it is so smooth and flows really well.  It has also recently become a functioning Supercross track which is a dream come true.
  • Lahee Park can also be quite fun to ride because it is a downhill style track.


Most memorable race: My most memorable race must be the 2010 World Champs in Pietermaritzburg. I had only started racing BMX about 2 or 3 months prior to the event and it was the moment when I realized what BMX racing is all about. I was extremely scared but it gave me the rush that I have now fallen in love with.

What I least like about BMX Racing:  The crashing is a definite downfall.

Regularly visited websites: I am not an internet junky but I watch BMX Videos on BMX Videos on and on

Why I enjoy Racing BMX:  I enjoy racing because I love getting the feeling of floating over jumps. When you get a super smooth lap it makes you feel invincible and seeing all of my hard work paying off makes victory priceless.

How I got started Racing BMX: I went to watch a race at Giba Gorge, took one look and new I wanted to try it and after trying it I could not get enough of it.

What do you do when you are not riding: It is seldom that I am not riding or training but in my free time I usually do my school work or I play other sports

Suggestions for anyone starting Racing BMX: Just go for it and have fun! Start off slow and then build up your speed and skills. It is also important not to let your crashes bring you down. They are there for you to learn from. Set yourself goals with a time limit. It will help you keep on track and focused on what you want to achieve.


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Bike Setup

 Frame:  2013 GT Speed Series 
 Forks:   Answer Dagger 
 Headset:   Pro
 Stem:  Pro RadiX
 Handle Bars:  Sinz
 Grips  ODI Lock on
 Brake Lever:  Shimano DXR
 Brake Cable:  Shimano
 Rear Brake:  Shimano DXR
 Seatpost Clamp:  GT
 Saddle:  Tioga D-Spyder
 Cranks:   Crupi Rhythym Pro
 Chainring:  Shimano
 Bottom Bracket:  Chris King
 Chain:  Shimano
 Pedals:  Shimano
 Rimm's:  Sunringle Envy
 Hubs:  Sunringle Envy
 Tires:  Mxis DTH
 Chain Tensioner:  GT


MAIA Testing the New SX BMX Hill at Giba

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