MASERU — Tumisang Taabe, the Lesotho Cycling Association vice-president and founder of Tumi’s Bike Club, has hailed the unveiling of a BMX bicycle racing track in Khubetsoana at the weekend.
The track launched on Saturday is Lesotho’s first-ever BMX bicycle racing track.
Taabe said it was a vital development which gave young enthusiasts an opportunity to enjoy their favourite sport and have an alternative to an unhealthy lifestyle.
“Lesotho has embraced other bicycle disciplines but not BMX,” Taabe told the Lesotho Times.
“The track is very important because it is in the neighbourhood and it is safe for the children. Sometimes parents worry that their kids will not be safe when they are riding on the road. It’s also a place where professionals can practice,” he added.
Taabe said building the track, which was funded by his club, cost M3 500 and that construction work began in July.
Taabe, himself one of the best cyclists in Lesotho, who represented the country at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, said there was demand for the BMX track.
“There are more than 10 humps (on the track). There are a lot of riders that will use it,” Taabe said.
The launch of the track was sponsored by three companies Paragon Business Products, Maseru Toyota and Shah Computers.