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Mixed bag for Skizo

Sifiso Nhlapo’s 2010 BMX campaign came to an end in the United States at the weekend.

And although the 2008 Beijing Olympian and 2010 world silver medallist didn’t end it as successfully as he would have liked, he’s already looking forward to his 2011, writes Mark Etheridge.

The weekend’s racing was the ABA Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Said the daredevil nicknamed Skizo: “The weekend was a huge eye opener for me. It started off with the longest trip I’ve ever done, totaling 26 hours of travel.”

“I settled in quickly to the hotel to try and rest up as I knew it was going to tough as titles were on the line and those in the hunt were going to be bringing all they to the race.

“Although my legs felt a little sluggish I felt I had enough in there to pull something out of the bag. On race day one I wont two out of three motos, transferring into the quarters but I had nothing in the tank, was running on empty and didn’t transfer to the semi and I was very disappointed and frustrated at the same time.”

Thankfully for Skizo and his supporters he woke up a whole lot fresher on day two. “I gave it my all and finished second in both motos. We only raced two motos on day two because of the 500 odd motos.”

The third and final day saw the final moto where he returned a solid third place that saw him into the quarters. But it wasn’t to be his day. “In my quarter I slid out in turn one, ending my day early. So two quarters was all I had to offer this weekend.”

Ever positive Skizo’s already got his eye on 2011. “On the flip side I’m looking forward to 2011 as I’ve put in some good training for next year already since Worlds and am looking forward to a full season in the US next year, with no long trips to races. And I would like to thank all those who supported me during this year of ups and downs. Bring on 2011.”