The last few weeks has been a little crazy, basically been living out of my travel bags and been on the road shooting back to back, The Red Bull Under My Wings project was an awsesome 4 days of hanging and shooting with some talented kids.
UCI BMX World Championship silver medallist and Grand National champion, Sifiso Nhlapo hosted the Red Bull Under My Wings workshop for up and coming BMX hopefuls aimed at educating the young BMX talent in South Africa on what the formula is for a successful BMX career from an athlete who is on his way to the top. Nhlapo spent three days with 15 of South Africa’s most promising BMX riders at the MTN/Toyota Cycling Park in Bryanston, Johannesburg.
The riders were mentored on the fundamentals of becoming a professional BMX’er by major role players in Sifiso’s current management team. Topics ranged from career management, sponsorship, nutrition, media training from Owen Hannie (Supersport Super Cycling and 5FM) as well as track time with Sifiso himself. Sifiso also gave a personal account of the trial and tribulations in his career, from injury to victory and made it clear to the riders that it’s a tough journey to the top but the rewards are worth it.
The aim of the Red Bull Under My Wings program is to provide young athletes with valuable tools such as one-on-one guidance and expert mentoring to develop their skills in the sport they are passionate about. The program has travelled worldwide, uniting talented young hopefuls with the best athletes in the world to provide a once in a lifetime experience with their hero. “I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to work with these kids and give them the inside scoop on what it takes to be a pro rider. I’m very proud of the progress I’ve seen over this weekend”, said Nhlapo Sifiso is now on his way the UCI BMX Supercross finals in France on 8 & 9 October and is looking race ready for attending the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London.