South Africa will host the first CAC (African Cycling Confederation) African Continental Track Championships at the Sax Young Cycling track in Alexandra Park from 21-25 January, entrenching the city’s status as Africa’s “Bike City”. With the best track cyclists from the continent expected to be entered by their federations for the event, Cycling South Africa has announced a team of 40 male and female athletes to challenge for the continental titles across the various race formats. “All of our best riders have been selected to represent their country, without any barriers to entry,” said Cycling SA Track Commission Director Johan Smith. “It will however, also assist our top riders with regards to points.”
In addition the African Cycling Federation has allowed Cycling South Africa to allow provinces to enter teams into the event as well to maximize the opportunity for local riders to gain experience and accumulate vital points that will count towards their eligibility to enter World Cup events. “This is very good for the development of track cycling in South Africa,” said Smith. Importantly the inaugural African Championships will include Paracycling races in both time trial and pursuit formats for various categories of male and female Para athletes, and a men’s team pursuit.
The full programme is set to run from Wednesday 21 January to Saturday 24 January, with Sunday 25 January set aside as a reserve day in case if rain interruptions. Entrance for spectators is free of charge. More information can be found at http://www.cyclingsa.com/2015-african-conti-track-champs The South African team chosen for the 2015 African Track Championships in Pietermaritzburg is:
Jean Smith, Kyle-lee Borchjes, Matthew de Freitas, Eugene Soule, Morne Van Niekerk, Theuns Van Der Bank, Stefan de Bod, Hendrik Kruger, Kellan Gouveris, Evan Carstens, Nolan Hoffman, David Maree, Oupa Maluleke.
Odette Van Deventer, Annerine Wenhold, Lauren Burnett, Maroesjka Matthee, Ilze Bole, Claudia Gnudi, Danielle Norman, Elisa Gianchino, Debra Loffell-Dawson, Bronwyn Abrahams.
Raymond Van der Walt, Mitchell Sparrow, Waylin Young, Wade Theunissen, Damean Oosthuizen, Joshua van Wyk, Nafees Isaacs, Dylan Le Roux, Sheldon Lahner, Kyle De Wet , Andrew Edwards.
Jennifer Abbot, Anja Gerber, Kayla Edwards, Jessica Gerber, Shannique Loggenberg.
Photo: Multiple National Track Champion and 2012 World Champs silver medallist in the 15km Scratch race Nolan Hoffman will form part of the national team challenge at the inaugural African Track Cycling Championships in Pietermaritzburg from 21 to 25 January 2015.
Photo credit: chrishitchcock.co.za/Gameplan Media.