Mohapi in buoyant mood ahead of Red Bull Track finals

Mohapi in buoyant mood ahead of Red Bull Track finals

MASERU – Cyclist sensation Mosito Mohapi says he cannot wait for the 2019 Red Bull Pump Track World Finals set for September after making history last week by becoming the first Lesotho cyclist to qualify for the showpiece.
Mohapi said he has been working hard ahead of the region’s World Finals qualifiers in June in Pretoria, South Africa.
Mohapi will be amongst six cyclists at the July qualifiers, although it will be practice for him as he has already made it to the main World Championships in September.

Mohapi started doing pump track racing in 2017 after the completion of the pump track in Roma. Although he has never raced in any of the local races, he says he plans to participate before going to the world championships later this year.
The 19-year-old, who is still in school, was the fastest in his category last week finishing the track in 19 seconds. He said he is working hard to lower his time to less than 19 seconds but is happy with his progress because he has never gone over 20 seconds.

“I am limiting my speed when I practice and I know when I am fast or slow,” Mohapi said.
“When I am fast I do a time of 19 seconds I have never made 18 seconds before, so speed is very important. I don’t have targets when I go to Pretoria in terms of time because it might happen that the pump track there is bigger than the one we have here, but I am going to use that as a practice for the world championships,” he said.

“Of course I am very happy to be the first person (from Lesotho) to qualify, I started doing the track in 2017 before then I was just a cyclist who loved doing the tricks with the bicycle, and I have never competed in any of the races that were held in the country but now I want to participate. I am always at the pump track practising from Friday to Sunday, because I am still a student now I plan to practice even on Wednesday because we go home early,” he added.
Before the event, six athletes; three boys and three top girls were meant to go to qualifiers in Pretoria, however, that was changed during the race as few girls participated and the boy’s category had lots of participants.

Sports Reporter


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