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  1. Hi Guys, now that we have our own Track tab, this thread follows on from the Gauteng Track cycling one under Single speed.
  2. Running from 26 February - 01 March this is sure to be a good warm-up for the Olympic games. And full coverage on SuperSport! The Danes threw out the book last night in the Team Pursuit!
  3. Good day everyone, I recently bought an extra small Hansom bike and I'm in the process of stripping it down and building it back up as a single speed. All the parts and frame seem to be in good order including paintwork. My problem is though that the tyres need replacing and I've been having a hard time finding the right size. The only information that I can get so far are from the tyres itself. The one Tyre that I have shows the size "650C/19-571", rim band says "18-559" and on the rim it reads "571x15 - 6106". Anybody able to help me out with a bit more information about the sizing as well as where I could possibly buy the tyres from? Sourcing them so far has been proving fruitless I'll post pictures when I'm closer to finishing off.
  4. Hi guys please help Jean Spies get to the Olympics, as we know this would be self funded expedition, he has had phenomenal support from his UK based sponsor - still needs a bit more assistance to get to all the major races worldwide to qualify though. If you may please donate where possible to the below page; https://clickndonate.com/spies-project-road-to-tokyo-2020-olympics-goal-2-000-000/ Thank you!
  5. Track cycling in Gauteng has been very underrated as a way of getting the kids or adults on bikes and teaching them skills. It is an awesome way to develop your cycling skills, how to sit in a slip, how to ride shoulder to shoulder in a bunch and still feel comfy. You are in a controlled environment with a very inexpensive bike or rental for that matter. There are 38 league races a year at Hector Norris Park alone, devided into a number of smaller leagues. Riders are split into 3 batches A - Batch consists of mainly elite and competitive riders, B- Batch consists of some competitive Masters and up and coming Youth riders, C batch is for beginner cyclists and the very little kids as young as 7 and their parents, should they want to give it a try. Once a month there is a kids specific focus. On this day a track intro course is usually presented in the morning. Race entry fees are minimal and club bikes can be rented for the day. All you need is to complete a track intro course at one of our two velodromes in Pretoria or Jhb. Join CSA - https://www.cyclingsa.com/membership/ , df you are not already a CSA member, and you are ready to start having some of the best fun you can on a bike.
  6. Howzit guys, So my friend and I are planning to go through to Stellenbosch on Saturday to go ride Jonkershoek for the first time. I heard from a few people that it is an amazing track. I am also eager for a new track, so really looking forward to it. Can you guys who have ridden the track please give us advice on what to expect. How long would one ride? How much water will you need? Nutrition? Climbing? Distance? The price of permit? How late does the track open? Any other feedback will be much appreciated as I just want to be prepared for the day. Thanks. ~ André
  7. Hi All, This post is just to give a big thank you and raise awareness for the Introduction to Track Cycling hosted by George and Sheldon at Pilditch Stadium. I was lucky enough to hear about them through word of mouth and received a date to join the track training. I arrived extremely ill prepared (miscommunication on my part), but George and Sheldon went out of their way to accommodate me. Besides that, they tought me a whole lot- enough so that I went from zero knowledge of track cycling to being very comfortable on the steep Pilditch banks as well as the pre ride safety inspection. I'd like to profusely thank them for the major effort on their part in not just accommodating me, but the regular time they take out of their personal lives to ENCOURAGE TRACK CYCLING. You guys are great additions to the cycling community! For further reading and bookings should you want to also learn about track cycling you can look up the following link for Pilditch Cycling Track on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pilditchcycling/
  8. National Team for 2017 African Continental Road Championships: Elite Men: Nolan Hoffman Evan Carstens Steven Van Heerden Jean Spies Morne Van Niekerk Graham Ockhuis Bernard Esterhuizen Wade Theunissen Matthew De Freitas Elite Women: Bernette Beyers Charlene Du Preez Jen Abbot Danielle Norman Jessica Gerber Magdalene Nicholson Danielle Van Niekerk Junior Men: Keagan Bontekoning Ricardo Broxham Daniyal Matthews Jason Oosthuizen Tye Stainbank Whayde Davids Linwill Jansen Sibonele Mbele Junior Women: Jessica Brown Courtney Smith Ashley Parsons Congratulations on your selection and good luck.
  9. Cycling South Africa is proud to announce the National Track Cycling Team that will participate in the 2017 African Continental Track Championships in Durban, from 20-24 March. Click here to view the article
  10. The 2017 African Continental Track Championships will take place at the Cyril Geoghegan Cycling Track in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal from 20-24 March 2017. Photo: Craig Dutton The Championships were initially to be hosted in Egypt this year, but unfortunately, the finishing touches are still being applied to the new velodrome. African track cyclists are now headed South this summer, and the province of KwaZulu-Natal, along with KZN Track Cycling, has done its utmost at short notice to ensure that another epic cycling event takes place. Cycling South Africa President who also serves as the African Track Commission President and UCI Track Commission member, William Newman, spoke about the change of location, and the benefits of hosting an African Continental Championship in our home country: “Once again Cycling South Africa has the opportunity to host the African Track Cycling Championships. The Championships are very important for the development of track cycling on the Continent. After the inaugural event held in 2015 in Pietermaritzburg followed by the 2016 Championships in Casablanca, Morocco it is crucial that the momentum is maintained. It is also of huge significance that the event is held at the Cyril Geoghegan Track as this is the venue that Cycling South Africa are motivating for the inclusion of track cycling at the Durban 2022 Commonwealth Games.” Mr. Newman mentioned the significant strides that African Track cycling has made since 2015 with more nations showing an interest in the discipline. “A huge milestone was achieved by Egypt last year when for the very first time ever, they qualified a cyclist for the Olympics on the track,” he said. Ebtissam Zayed was Africa’s lone representative on the track in Rio where she participated in the women’s sprint event. As a result of this success Egypt now boasts a world class 250m wooden track which is in the final stages of completion. Newman mentioned how great this achievement was for Africa, as the continent will now have a world class facility to further develop track cycling and host many international events. “Besides the coveted medals and Championship jerseys on offer, there is added motivation for our Continent’s riders as the African Champion will get a qualification place in certain events at the World Championships to be held in Hong Kong in April. “We are very grateful for the continued support of the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation and the City of Durban and the eThekwini Municipality in making this possible.” The Championships will cater for the Junior and Elite categories, males and females. As track cycling is still developing on the Continent, entries will be open to National teams, UCI registered teams, Provincial teams and Club teams.
  11. The 2017 African Continental Track Championships will take place at the Cyril Geoghegan Cycling Track in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal from 20-24 March 2017. Click here to view the article
  12. a group of mates decided to have fun and cycle a 55km route from Richards bay to Umfolozi Bird Park on Friday night 6 Jan 2017. This is a motivation for you to dust off your mtb, stop waiting for stage races and get on, and go!!! hope you like it.
  13. Stellenbosch local Bernette Beyers is on the road to recovery after a crash left her with a broken collarbone at the Glasgow World Cup in Great Britain earlier this month. She continues to stay at the World Cycling Centre (WCC) in AIgle, Switzerland, where she has been training during the 2016 season. Click here to view the article
  14. Bernette Beyers is on the road to recovery after her nasty crash at the UCI Track World Cup in Glascow, Great Britain earlier this month. Photo: uci.ch “My healing process is going very well. As I have never broken anything before, the recovery process is very new to me. I am seeing the doctor in the next week for some new updates,” she said.Beyers is currently staying at the WCC during her recovery. “My Coach, Scott Budgen, is keeping a good eye on my progress, helping me with training and keeping me mentally strong during this process, while I am still resting and recovering,” she said. Trying to stick to her training programme as best she can whilst out of full action, Beyers has been spending much time on the Wattbike. She said: “I will do some intervals or just easy riding depending how I'm feeling on the day. I'm in the gym regularly, training legs of course. I do wear a full upper body sling when training in the gym to keep my shoulder in place. “My exercises are still hard using different strategies to target the same muscle groups as my previous programme. I’m surprised how many exercises you can come up with without using the upper body.” Beyers’ plan for 2017 is to compete in the World Cups in the United States. She looks forward to the Africa Continental Championships in Egypt next year, and also hopes to make enough points to qualify for the 2017 World Championships in Hong Kong. Beyers hopes to be returning to South Africa to defend her Sprint, Keirin, 500m and Team Sprint titles at the 2017 SA National Track Championships in April next year. Keeping a positive mind set throughout her journey back onto the track, Beyers admits it does get difficult. “It’s all part of being a full-time athlete - you can't expect to never hit the ground (or wood). It comes down to what you make of it. You could do nothing for the next few months and feel sorry for yourself, wanting sympathy from everyone around you, or get up and do something about it,” she concluded.
  15. Cycling South Africa’s Track Commission is pleased to announce an upcoming action-packed weekend of racing at the Bellville Velodrome from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 December 2016. Photo: Owen Lloyd. The evening of Friday 16 December will see the Western Province Track Classic #12 event taking place, which kicks off the track action for the weekend. Saturday 17 December will welcome the Open Men’s Madison National Championship event, as it was postponed in April this year due to bad weather. There will also be an Open Women’s Madison event – a first time for a National Title. In between these events, will be smaller competitions and races throughout the day. On the morning of Sunday 18 December, the Track Inter-provincials will be taking place, where provinces will be competing for the President’s trophy. Cycling South Africa’s Interim Track Director, Martin van Wyk said: “We are excited to be introducing track cycling’s blue ribbon event to women’s cycling and we encourage ladies to start practising their Madison slings.” For women cyclists interested in the Madison or those who need help with Madison coaching, contact Martin van Wyk at hptrack@cyclingsa.com for information about your local Madison Coach. For more information, contact Nigel Isaacs at nisaacs@parliament.gov.za
  16. Cycling South Africa’s Track Commission is pleased to announce an upcoming action-packed weekend of racing at the Bellville Velodrome from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 December 2016. Included in the weekend’s activities, will be an Open Men’s and Open Women’s Madison National Championship. Click here to view the article
  17. The 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Masters Championships will be taking place this year at the Manchester Velodrome, Great Britain, from 1-8 October. Track enthusiasts that will be going over to represent South Africa are looking forward to their trip next week, and hope to return with promising results. Some of these riders are first-timers to a World Championship, and some, such as World Champion Ilna Lemmer, return to battle it out with some of the best in the world once again. Click here to view the article
  18. Ilna Lemmer is hoping to defend her World Championship title in the Women's 60+ category in the Points Race at the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Masters Championships in Manchester from 1-8 October. Photo: Supplied. Defending World Champion, Ilna Lemmer, is also hoping to better her bronze medal in the Pursuit in the 60+ category. “We did a lot of Points training at Pilditch. I am sure it will help me in the Points race. I am more of an endurance rider, and definitely not a sprinter. I can’t wait to get on that smooth, wind-less, wooden track. Last year, Lemmer secured three medals (one gold in the Women’s Points Race 60+ category and two bronze medals in the 2000m Pursuit and Scratch races) and also broke two South African medals in her category in the 500m Time Trial and 2000m Pursuit. Justin Seale and Gert Fouche will be first-timers to the competition in the 35+ age category. Both men will be taking part in the Time Trial, Pursuit, Points, and Scratch Races. “My goal is just to be as competitive as possible in my division and, should I be successful in winning a medal, that would be an added bonus considering it is to be my first World Track Championships,” said Seale. Bradley Sean Smith also makes his debut appearance at the Championship in the same category, and will be riding the Pursuit, Scratch and Sprint events. Hylton Belitzky will be competing in the Men’s 40-44 Category, and has entered the Time Trial, Sprint, Team Sprint and Scratch events. This will also be his first time at the World Championships. Bernadine Minnaar is another first-timer, who will be tackling the Points, Pursuit, Scratch, Sprint and Time Trial Events in the Women’s 50-54 Category. Mario Muller competed in the Sprint event in 1998 and came out seventh. He will be going back this year to battle it out in the Sprint, Time Trial, Team Sprint and Scratch event in the 50-54 age category. George van Rooyen will be competing for his third time at the Track Cycling World Masters Championships, and will race this year in the Men’s 55 – 59 category. Van Rooyen takes part in the Scratch, Individual Pursuit and Points Race. Each year van Rooyen has improved on all of his times, and hopes again to do it in 2016. “Every World Championships is an experience, and very well organized,” he added. Gerrit Schepers will not be competing this year, but competed in 1999, 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2015. Schepers has been consistent through his years competing, always finishing in a top eight position, and taking a win in the Sprint in 1999. He offered lessons learned in his experiences at Worlds: “The win in 1999 was as a result of God being part of it all. Team SA that year included the late Bart Nel, Wendell Bole and Grenville Scullard - the main contributors of the team. “Go as a team, share knowledge and experience and it will lift every South African rider’s game automatically. Ride to win and not against the cyclist you know and see as your competition.” Riders who confirmed they will be attending are: Men 35-39 Bradley Sean Smith Gerhardus Fouche Justin Seale Men 40-44 Hylton Belitzky Men 50-54 Mario Muller Women 50-54 Riana Bernadine Minnaar Men 55-59 George Van Rooyen Women 60-64 Ilna lemmer For more information about the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Masters Championships, click here: http://www.cyclingmasters.com/site/
  19. When looking back at his 2016 season so far, Hoffman said: “I would say the best highlight for me this year would be the National Champs in Port Elizabeth where I won the 15-kilometre Scratch race for the sixth consecutive year in a row.” Nolan Hoffman (Team Telkom) will soon head to the province of KwaZulu-Natal to take part in rounds one and two of the South African Track Grand Prix and National Series, which take place in Durban, at the Cyril Geoghegan Cycle Track from 7-9 August 2016. Photo: Cycling SA The Team Telkom rider said that he will be going “all-in” for the Scratch and Points race events. “That will be my biggest focus for the event,” he added. The National Omnium Champ is excited about heading to the City of Durban for the UCI Class 2 event. “I’m pretty excited for the Grand Prix, it will be the first of its kind in South Africa I think. I have had a good winter so far and the training is going well. I hope the racing will be fast and aggressive. It’s always nice to get a break from cold Joburg, so I’m looking forward sunny KZN,” he said. Although much-needed rain is expected for the province over the next few days, event organisers are expecting nothing less than friendly KwaZulu-Natal sunshine come event weekend. Hoffman will also be taking part in the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic cycle race in October, hoping to reclaim his 2014 title. Other big names headed for the province are among those of 1 Kilometre Time Trial and Points race African Continental Champion Jean Spies, Bernard Esterhuizen, Maroesjka Matthee and Charlene Du Preez, to name a few. Women’s Omnium Champion Charlene du Preez is thrilled to be taking part in the event. “I'm feeling very excited for this huge opportunity to attend the SA Grand Prix – it’s a Class 2 event, so that definitely adds to the excitement,” she said. National Women's Omnium Champion, Charlene du Preez (Clover) is looking forward to the UCI CL2 event, rounds one and two of the South African Track Grand Prix and National Series, which take place in Durban, at the Cyril Geoghegan Cycle Track from 7-9 August 2016. Photo: Cycling SA Du Preez will be joined by her husband Jaco, on the trip. "We are looking forward to the little getaway,” she said. When chatting about her training, du Preez said: “The hard part of training is almost done and it is almost time to ease up and rest a bit. I do get that tingling feeling in my stomach when I think about the races, especially now that the clock seems to be ticking faster to race day.” The Cover SA rider has been preparing for the endurance races, and hasn’t had much time to focus on the sprint events. “I will just do those for fun,” she added. “The focus will be on the Scratch, Elimination and Points race. It will be a privilege once again to represent Clover SA at the SA Grand Prix in Durban,” she said. A favourable prize purse is on offer to those taking part, with over R60 000 up for grabs. Entries for the South African Track Grand Prix Series 1&2 (UCI CL2) are closed, and no late entries will be accepted. For more information, click here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-track-grand-prix/.
  20. Rounds one and two of the South African Track Grand Prix and National Series take place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, at the Cyril Geoghegan Cycle Track from 7-9 August 2016. The UCI CL2 classified event has Elite riders hungry for all-important UCI points on offer. Included in the Elite list of entries, is Team Telkom’s Nolan Hoffman. Click here to view the article
  21. Current South African National Champion in the Sprint, Keirin, 500m and Team Sprint, Bernette Beyers is blossoming in Europe and pushing herself to become as great as she can be. Beyers recently took part in the Coupe De France Fenioux Piste in Paris from 20-21 May, where she impressed not only herself, but also the track community back home. Click here to view the article
  22. The UCI Category 1 event at the weekend was a first ever for Beyers. The first day of the race, Beyers broke her own National Record in the Sprint, from 11.78 seconds to 11.358 seconds and finished eighth overall against some of the world’s top track stars. Great Britain, France and Belgium also had their Olympic teams competing in the event. Bernette Beyers (far left) broke her own National Record in the Sprint race, at the Coupe De France Fenioux Piste event, which took place in Paris from 20-21 May. Photo: SuppliedOn the Saturday, she took part in the Keirin and after qualifying third in the semi-finals, she made it to the finals and placed sixth overall against the strongest of competition. The 24 -year-old has only been cycling on the track for a year and a half, but seems to have found her place very quickly. She has now based herself at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, where she receives the world’s best coaching. She has seen a dramatic improvement in her racing ability and is further down the road to achieving her Track Cycling goals. “Being here at the World Cycling Centre has changed my life tremendously, in so many ways. I can truly say I have found myself and who I really am. I’m not trying to be somebody else, I am the best me I have been in a long time. Looking back two years, I had no direction in life,” she said. “In the beginning I thought it was going to take a while to adjust to this new life; it took me about a week and I was like, ‘I could do this every single day’,” she added. Beyers said that the World Cycling Centre has taught her a great deal of discipline and self control. “It's not for every athlete. It's definitely not a holiday - it's hard work. At the end though, it all comes down to you. Having the best coaches, equipment and routine won't help you if you don't give it 100 percent every single day. You could walk out here after three months with the same results, or you could have progressed massively – it’s up to you,” she said. Her commitment to the sport has become evident through her outstanding results of late, and her “go-get-em” attitude. “This is my life at the moment and I wouldn’t change anything. I told my coach yesterday I was sore and that I could feel every muscle in my body. He told me “good, that means you’re getting stronger” and then it was back to gym, with no sympathy. And it works for me as it teaches me to work through the pain and not to complain,” she laughed.
  23. Cycling South Africa’s Track Commission has great pleasure in announcing that the following riders have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2016 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester, England, from 1-8 October. Click here to view the article
  24. This year will be the last time for a while that the Championships are being held in the Manchester Velodrome and at the National Cycling Centre as the event moves to Los Angeles in the USA for 2017 and 2018. Jacques Fullard, one of the riders selected to represent South Africa at the 2016 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester, England, from 1-8 October. Photo: Darren Goddard Masters Men 35-39 Gerhardus Fouche Justin Seale Bradley Sean Smith40-44 Jacques Fullard Thys Oosthuizen Riaan Rankin Hylton Belitzky 45-49 Moses Venceslau Hansie Joubert Martin van Wyk 50-54 Mario Muller Pierre Slabbert Gregory Gouveris Bruce Viljoen Stuart Abbot Willie Marx has been selected to represent South Africa at the 2016 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester, England, from 1-8 October. Photo: Darren Godddard 55-59 Gerrit Schepers Timothy Abbot Neville Ackerman Glen Heuvel George van Rooyen60-64 Sven van Straaten 70-74 Willie Marx Masters Women 35-39 Monique King40-44 Amanda Wray 45-49 Martie Joubert 50-54 Riana Berndine Minnaar Amanda Akom 55-59 Val Scheppel 60-64 Ilna Lemmer Congratulations on your selection and we wish you every success.
  25. The never-ending “summer” of the City of Durban will provide a warm welcome to all during the August days. A lucrative prize purse of over R60 000 will entice the track cycling stars, and perhaps some newcomers to the sport, to rise above their peers for a shot at the prize. Cycling South Africa is proud to present the South African Track Grand Prix and National Series, with rounds one and two taking place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, at the Cyril Geoghegan Cycle Track from 7-9 August 2016. Photo: Supplied This event will be run under the auspices of Cycling South Africa and KwaZulu-Natal Cycling and the UCI Rules (Version 15.03.16) will be enforced. Under-10s to under-U16s will be allowed to enter on presentation of a Cycling SA Membership, whereas Masters can enter on presentation of a Cycling SA Domestic Racing Licence. Junior and Elite category riders require an International Racing Licence to enter. The under-10, under-12 and under-14 riders may race together, depending on the amount of entries, but separate medals per age category will be awarded. Under-16 boys and girls will race together for the bunch races but will also receive separate medals per category. Entries for the South African Track Grand Prix Series 1&2 are open and close on Friday 15 July 2016 - no late entries will be accepted. Without a signed indemnity form, riders will not be permitted to race. To download the entry form, click here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20160512_SA-Grand-Prix-National-Series-07082016-09082016-Entry-Form.pdf To download the indemnity form, click here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20160512_SA-Grand-Prix-National-Series-09082016-Indemnity-Form.pdf Please e-mail entry form, indemnity form, proof of payment and copy of licence to kzn.track.cycling@gmail.com For more information, click here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-track-grand-prix/
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