Track on Tuesday 23 Aug 2016

August 25, 2016 in Local results

The Trackcyclingsa squad was well represented at the Track on Tuesday event at Bellville velodrome.

We had riders competing in Cat B, Cat C and in the team sprint.

Werner van der Merwe (Cat C) Trackcyclingsa 

Cat A saw ex Olympian, Bernard Esterhuizen, and his team mates Evan Carstens and Theuns van der Bank (Giant Durbanville) dominating the proceedings. Esterhuizen took the first race of the night, the 10km points after breaking away early on and winning most of the sprints.

Trackcyclingsa club tastes success on the road

February 10, 2016 in Local results

Congrats to Monique King who won bronze in the women 35 to 39 time trial and Craig Ridgard who won gold in the C2 time trial at the national road champs.

Monique Craig

Craig is the first man in the club to wear a national champs jersey in a road discipline and Monique is the first woman to win metalware in a road discipline at nationals. Truly inspiring and motivational.

Both Monique and Craig are current national champions on the track in their respective categories.

Hoffman wins record 6th Paarl Boxing day sports

December 27, 2015 in Local results

Nolan Hoffman (Alfa bodyworks) won a record 6th Paarl Boxing day sports 25-mile race at the Faure st stadium in Paarl. Hoffman was one of 3 riders together with Morne van Niekerk (Alfa Bodyworks) and Evan Carstens (Giant), the defending champion, who took a lap on the field.

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Nolan Hoffman wins the Paarl Boxing day 25-mile from Evan Carstens (photo by Theo Bruwer)

An emotional Hoffman said that it was a tough race and that he was suffering from cramps halfway into the race. This did not seem to trouble him in the final two hundred meters when he turned on the speed to leave Carstens and van Niekerk behind. Graeme Ockhuis finished 4th albeit a lap down.

Chrispin Fourie (Trackcyclingsa) was awarded the trophy for the top rider in the masters category with wins in the 800m and 1500m. He was also one of a handful of masters that finished the 25-mile in the pack.

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Chrispin Fourie (Trackcyclingsa) on the way to victory in the masters 800m race (photo by Owen Lloyd)

Elfriede Wolfaardt (Trackcyclingsa) was the top performer in the women’s races with wins in 1500m & 3km and a 2nd in the 800m.

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Elfriede Wolfaardt (right) and Debbie Loffel-Dawson (left) both from Trackcyclingsa club with some of the medals won at Paarl Boxing day (photo by Trackcyclingsa).

Two previous winners of the Paarl Boxing day 25-mile, other than Hoffman and Carstens, made an appearance in the race. They were Douglas Ryder (MTN Qhubeka) and Moolman Welgemoed (Trackcyclingsa). Welgemoed won the 25-mile twice. His last victory was in 2000 and the previous one in 1992. Ryder won the 25-mile in 1996. Welgemoed showed that he still has the legs to compete at this level and finished the 25-mile in the main pack. Unfortunately Ryder crashed out of the race after 34 laps and dislocated his shoulder.

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Douglas Ryder (MTN Qhubeka) leads the masters bunch in the 5km race. Photo provided by Marthinus Potgieter.

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Moolman Welgemoed (right) back at Faure st stadium at Paarl Boxingday for the first time since winning the 25-mile in 2000. Good showing with two 3rds and a second in the masters races and one of a handful of masters to finish the open 25mile in the main pack (Photo by Brakkies sport photos).

 

 
by Jaco

Young and old train with the pros

December 19, 2015 in Local results by Jaco

Ben Swift from Team SKY and local cycling hero, Nolan Hoffman, hosted a track training session at the Bellville velodrome on 17 Dec 2015. The session was made possible by Sven Thiele, from Hot Chillee, in co-operation with Western Province cycling.

Ben Swift is the 2012 World Scratch race track cycling champion and a successful Grand Tour rider. Nolan is well known for his many victories at Paarl Boxing day, but also took silver at the World Scratch race championship in 2012 – the best result yet at this level by a South African in recent years.

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Christhonie Geldenhuys (left) closing the gap on the bunch in a training workout with Ben Swift (right) – photo courtesy of Double ST

 

Young and old attended with riders as young as under 10 getting the chance to learn. Swift shared info learned from the time that he started out on the track and applied these workouts to bring freshness and excitement to the group session that was attended by about 40 riders. He underlined the important role that the velodrome plays in developing talent and reminded youngsters that riders such as Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish come from a track background.

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Ben Swift coaching a young rider from Kinetic Cycling club. – photo courtesy of Double ST.

 

Swift also won silver at the 2012 worlds with Geraint Thomas in the madison plus a silver in the points race. He shared that he had the opportunity as a young rider to ride in up to 3 league events per week in the UK. This meant that youngsters developed the skill sets to become great bike riders early on.

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Trackcyclingsa masters with Nolan Hoffman and Ben Swift. l to r Chrispin Fourie, Pierre Slabbert, Nolan Hoffman, Christhonie Geldenhuys, Sebastian Miller,, Ben Swift, Jaco Scholtz, Anton Scheepers and Elfriede Wolfaardt. – photo courtesy of Double ST

First timers can start out at the very successful Ride the Wall sessions with Trackcyclingsa club. More than 120 riders have been introduced to the track by the club on rental bikes. Email rtw@trackcyclingsa.co.za for more info.

by Jaco

Trackcyclingsa club champs

August 26, 2015 in Local results by Jaco

Once a year Tracyclingsa club has its own 500m championship for club members. The event is run on basis where the overall club champion is decided on a handicap formula that takes age and gender into consideration. The overall winner on handicap is crowned as the club champion for the year.

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Trackcyclingsa team sprint team at a league event

The 500m format is a great event to time the start lap and splits for riders when it comes to selecting teams for the team sprint and for the sprint events. A floating trophy donated by Pierre Slabbert featuring an image of late sprinter, Jeanne Nell, is awarded to the victor annually. Hendrik Grobbelaar won the inaugural event last year.

500m TT trophy

500m TT trophy

The event was very well attended and supported by family and friends. Racing was close with the top 3 newcomers separated by 0.06s and the overall winner just being .22s faster on actual time.

Results of Trackcyclingsa club championship on 23 Aug 2015, Bellville velodrome:

500m TT club champion – Christhonie Geldenhuys

Club champion 2015

Christhonie Geldenhuys, club 500m TT champion 2015

Fastest overall – Christhonie Geldenhuys

Fastest on handicap – Christhonie Geldenhuys

Fastest newcomer – Werner van der Merwe

Fastest scholar – Camin Herholdt

Fastest female – Camin Herholdt

 

 

 

by Jaco

Western Cape track cycling championship – entry form

December 14, 2014 in Local results by Jaco

The annual Western Cape track cycling championship takes place at the Paarl, Faure st stadium, from 17-18 January. The event is open to all riders that hold valid licenses with any of the clubs affiliated to the regions in the Western Cape.

Riders of the team sprint and team pursuit event need to belong to the same club. Madison teams may be across clubs.

Western Cape track cycling championship 2015 – entry form. Pre-entry only. No late entries.

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by Jaco

Important track dates in Paarl, Western Cape

December 3, 2014 in Local results by Jaco

Boxing day 25 mile 2013

Sat 6 Dec, 1pm – Track racing at Faure street stadium, Paarl

Fri 26 Dec, 1.30pm – Paarl Boxing day sports. Check this link for entry forms and details: http://trackcyclingsa.co.za/?ai1ec_event=paarl-boxing-day-sports&instance_id=99

Sat 17 and Sun 18 Jan 2015 – Western Cape track cycling champs: Western Cape track cycling championship 2015 – entry form

by Jaco

Track on Tuesday 9 Sep

September 13, 2014 in Local results by Jaco

Track on Tuesday is about club participation and friendly rivalry. It is also about clubs bringing new riders to the track. Trackcyclingsa, Bellville, Kinetic, Mc2, City and others are helping to grow the numbers exponentially. Racing is divided into category A, B and C. Category A for the top flight riders and category C being the avenue for new riders to get started.

The Track on Tuesday on 9 September had a full program. Clubs competed in the team pursuit competition for the Tramway shield. Other events included the flying 200m tt, keirin, elimination and scratch races to complete a full night of racing at the Bellville velodrome.

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Tramway Shield (photo by Owen Lloyd)

The 200m qualifyers tested Cat C since it was the first time that these riders had the opportunity to compete in a technical event as opposed to the normal scratch races. Rider rankings in the 200m determined who would compete in the keirin finals for positions 1-6 and 7-12 in each of Cat A, B and C.

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Alex Tumusiime took victory in the Cat C keirin. (photo by Owen Lloyd)

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Herman du Plessis leading the Cat B keirin from Michael Struwig who took his maiden Cat B win in this race. (photo by Owen Lloyd)

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Matthew de Freitas (centre) taking the win in the Cat A keirin. (photo by Owen Lloyd)

Bellville B set the early pace in the team pursuit, but the Bellville A team vs Trackcyclingsa saw Bellville A taking the lead. Yorkshire/Giant put in the strongest performance in the last team pursuit ride of the evening to take the prestigeous Tramway Shield. Trackcyclingsa got the prize for the first masters team.

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Giant/Yorkshire (left) taking the win in team pursuit competition. (photo by Owen Lloyd)

Full race results of all categories are available. Click here for the full results.

The next league race is in Monday, 29 Sep.

by Jaco

South African omnium championship

August 27, 2014 in Local results by Jaco

The following riders were crowned national omnium champions at the Bellville velodrome. The event took place on 22 and 23 August and include the pursuit, scratch, time trail, flying lap, elimination and points races.

SA omnium champs 2014

Left to right: Martin van Wyk (35-44), Wade Theunissen (u16), Nolan Hoffman (Elite), Maroesjka Matthee (ladies), Joshua Buchel (Junior) and Wayne Roberts (45+)

by Jaco

Team pursuit evening at Bellville velodrome

June 7, 2014 in Events by Jaco

The monthly Track on Tuesday meeting takes place at the Bellville velodrome on 10 June. Racing starts at 7pm.

The main event for the night will be the team pursuit. This event is run where 4-man teams ride against the clock over a set distance (usually 4km).

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Team pursuit at the Bellville velodrome.

There will also be bunch races for all categories.

by Jaco

Back to the 80s meeting a great success

May 25, 2014 in Local results by Jaco

Western Province cycling hosted the traditional “Back to the 80′s” event at the Bellville velodrome on 20 May 2014.

This event is always the first one after the national championships and offers riders the chance to compete on lighter gear ratios. Ratios were limited to 88 inches. High speed spinning was the order of the night’s racing and the restricted gears delivered close racing.

Many of the endurance riders from the Western Cape were competing in the Malaysia GP, but the filed was boosted by the visiting Bonitas professional cycling road riders of Herman Fouché and Christopher Jennings.

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L to R: Alex Parsons, Herman Fouché and Christopher Jennings in the elimination race. Photo: Robert Ward.

There were also 5 new riders that made their debut at the meeting in Cat C under the guidance of Wynand Kapp who has been training them over the past two months.

The program opened with 1-lap Chariot races where riders started from a stationary position.  There were 4 riders at a time on the track with the first 2 riders of each heat going to the next round. Jean Smith took victory in Cat A in a time of 19.22s over Kyle Borchjes.

Other highlights included the points race with points on mystery laps where Herman Fouché (Bonitas) took top honours and an elimination where riders were called off on every lap. Jean Smith made use of his sprinting abilities to take victory in the elimination.

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Herman Fouche took victory in the mystery points race. Points were awarded on random laps and riders had to be alert to sprint when hearing the bell for the points lap. Photo: Robert Ward.

The event finished off with an Italian pursuit where we had 5 captains selecting 6-man teams from all of the Cat A, B, C and ladies riders at the event. The captains were Herman Fouché (Bonitas), Christopher Jennings (Bonitas), Marco Abrahams (Banasta), Kyle Borchjes (Bellville) and Jean Smith (Bellville). This event was the highlight for many riders since they got to ride in the same team as some of the best elite riders in the country. In the end it was Jean Smith who brought his team of Ethan Parker, Debbie Loffell-Dawson, Coen Pretorius, Devon Short and Alex Parsons home to victory in 1.50.89 over the 6 laps (1500). Herman Fouche’s team claimed second and sprinter, Kyle Borchjes’s team completed the team sprint top 3.

20 May Team captains

L to R: Team captains for the Italian pursuit. Marco Abrahams, Christopher Jennings, Herman Fouché, Kyle Borchjes and Jean Smith. This was a fun event with the captains selecting riders from all categories to make up their teams. Photo: Barry Austin (via Twitter).

Click on this link to see the full results.

Photos by Trackcyclingsa club member, Hynnes Herselman can be viewed on Facebook.

by Jaco

Trackcyclingsa returns with record medal haul

May 7, 2014 in Local results by Jaco

Trackcyclingsa club returned from the track nationals in Durban with our best medal haul ever. The event took place at the Cyril Geoghegan stadium from 29 April – 3 May 2014.

Wayne Roberts, Peter Wheeler, Brett Roberts, Pierre Slabbert, Coen Pretorius, Christhonie Geldenhuys, Debbie Loffell-Dawson, Hendrik Grobbelaar, Brandon Christiaans and Jaco Scholtz completed the line-up in Durban. These riders collected 29 medals between them. This is only the second time that the club competed at nationals. Last year the club earned 15 medals in Cape Town.

This year the club had 5 riders pulling on national champions jerseys compared to 4 the previous year.

The following riders won national titles at the event:

Debbie Loffell-Dawson: match sprint, tt, points, scratch and 1500m (ladies 35-39) as well as ladies team pursuit.

Jaco Scholtz: tt (masters 40-44) and masters team pursuit.

Peter Wheeler: pursuit, 1500m and points (masters 40-44) as well as masters team pursuit.

Wayne Roberts: tt (masters 45-49) and masters team pursuit.

Hendrik Grobbelaar: masters team pursuit.