More about TJ
International Events Attended: Over 10 World Championships
Favorite BMX Tracks:
Most memorable race: Racing Elite at the 2008 World Championships in China, I rode very well and was in top condition and I loved the Track.
What I least like about BMX Racing: When Parents only want what is best for their kids and not the benefit of the sport, this is not just a SA problem it happens all over the world and is the thing I like least about BMX.
Why I enjoy Racing BMX: I have been racing for as long as I can remember it is all I have done and loved for 30 odd years I really enjoy lining up on the gate with kids younger than me hungrier than me and trying to push to the limits to see how far and long I can hold them off for. It is kind of weird but loosing in South Africa just means the younger riders I race against are getting faster and stronger and the training they are doing is paying off, which bodes well for the benefit of the sport in South Africa, I mainly Coach now and train and race on my build up to the World Championships and racing in my age group at the Worlds is always my highlight of the year. There are so many reasons why I enjoy racing bmx but none more than being a good role model, and someone kids of all ages can look up to and inspire to be like, whether it is on the track or off the track I try to be professional, fair and always behave in a manor I would be proud of. I love the friendships made and the tears of joy and sadness that comes with winning and losing, the long walks of silence when a goal is not achieved and the joyous celebration when goals are achieved this is why I race and that is why I love BMX so much.
How I got started Racing BMX: My parents bought me a BMX for Christmas and I went down to my local BMX Track, there was racing on that day and I asked my parents if I could stay and watch, I was hooked the next race meeting I was on the gate and have never stopped.
What do you do when you are not riding: I love to ride my mountain bike and race all my mountain bike mates on Strava to see who can hit the trails the fastest.
Suggestions for anyone starting Racing BMX: Just enjoy it, go out there have fun put a smile on your face and enjoy it. Don’t take it to serious cause there is more to life than winning and losing. BMX is a wonderful sport that is thrilling, exciting, heart breaking and breathtaking all at the same time, what you put in is what you get out, if you get bad call learn from it and come back stronger, always remember someone is watching and your behavior defines what people think of you so try be professional as often as you can give of your best and ride your heart out.
|Frame:||GT Speed Series Pro XL|
|Forks:||GT Chromoly Fork|
|Headset:||FSA Sealed Headset|
|Headset Spacers:||Yes 3|
|Handle Bars:||S&M Slam Bar's|
|Grips||ODI Lock on Grips White|
|Brake Lever:||Shimano DXR|
|Rear Brake:||Shimano DXR|
|Seatpost Clamp:||Built in seat clamp with quick release|
|Bottom Bracket:||FSA B30 BB|
|Chain:||Shimano HG 9 Speed Chain|
|Pedals:||Simano Clipless Pedals|
|Tires:||Maxis DTH 1.75 front 1.5 rear|
|Tubes:||Redline Extra Light Tubes|
|Chain Tensioner:||GT Stock Chain Tensioner|
TJ Mens 30+ Final 2014 Worlds Rotterdam
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