The Bloemfontein youth cycling festival took place from the 25th to the 28th of September which Free State Cycling introduced BMX Racing as a discipline for the first time at the event. The event was well attended by local enthusiasts which were ready to take on the newly built BMX track.
The BMX Racing portion of the youth cycling festival took place at the Wilgehof primary school where the BMX track had been constructed by George Stroebel (President Free State Cycling) and his team who had received funding for infrastructure development from Cycling South Africa’s BMX Commission.
The event included a number boys and girls welcoming previously disadvantaged individuals from the community and emphasizing the fun to be had in the sport, benefiting all participants and allowing for development and transformation. The BMX event was attended by Margo Gerber (Director of SA BMX) as well as members of the South African BMX commission including BMX riders from Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The day started off with a basic introduction to the racing format after which participants enjoyed some fun introductory BMX racing. Many of the youngsters competing in the event fared progressively well highlighting the need for further bike and BMX skill development in the province.
The track will further allow opportunities for riders to train and develop their potential in order to participate in main stream BMX racing as well as in the annual South-African Championships on a regular basis in future.
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