The event started with the flying sprint qualifyers. Jordan September set a time of 11.88s on a cold and rainy winters night. Duwayne Adams followed with 11.90s and Wade Theunissen came in third on 12.08. Dirk van Zyl was the top veteran at 12.63s.
There was a Western Cape cycling Presidents award ceremony that followed. This was to recognize the role that Willie Engelbrecht played in building cycling in South Africa. Willie said that his journey started at the velodrome (old Bellville track) and that that young champions on the track are bound to be the champions of the future.
Racing continued for all categories. The team pursuit was interesting since it was held over only 8 laps and the speed was kept high. Kinetic Pro set the best time at just under 50kmh average for the 2km.
The final event of the night was the 3-up match sprint and this was the highlight for many spectators. Jordan September led out the sprint and it looked as if Duwayne Adams was going to close him down with Wade Theunissen also in the mix. It was decided on the line with Jordan just pipping Wade and Duwayne. It was great racing to round off a top notch night at the velodrome.
The first of nine Western Province (WP) league events took place at Bellville velodrome on Wednesday, 1 June.
The event featured an invitation sprint tournament, Category A, Category B, Women’s, veterans and scholars racing.
Team events are back at the league and the program started with team sprints.
DSV took the team sprint win ahead of the ASAP team. TrackCyclingSA was third and Active Bodies sport development was fourth.
The league features a sprint tournament where invited sprinters do battle for the sprint trophy. Jordan September (Kinetic Pro) started the sprint tournament with a win in the keirin and then also set the fastest flying 200m qualifying time. The 3-up match sprint final delivered a surprise. Duwayne Adams (DSV) jumped and held off both Jordan September and Wade Theunissen (Enza) for a convincing match sprint win. Jordan heads the sprint tournament going in to the next round.
Category A racing started with a 30-lap tempo race which was won by Jonathan Bouwer (Kinetic pro) at and average speed of 47.3 km/h. The next event was a surprise since the fans voted for it. The riders only heard that it was an elimination scratch when they lined up at the start. It was “bell, off”, “bell, off” unitl 4 riders remained. The 4 riders then had a 4-lap scratch. Linwell Jansen (Enza) took it long to take the win. The final category A event was a 25-lap scratch race and Jonathan Bouwer (Kinetic Pro) was victorious. Jonathan finished on top of the Category A standings at the end of the night.
Maroesjka Matthee (Reach for Rainbows) took a hat-trick in the Women’s events by winning the 4-lap, 6-lap and tempo races.
Theo Williams (DSV) is leading the Category B field after victories in the 8-lap and tempo races.
Timothy Mell (Phoenix) leads the veterans category.
Note that the event of Tuesday 12 July was moved. It is now on Friday, 16 September . This was to make provision for the African continental champs that moved out as well as for the Youth festival. (edited on 30 May 2022)
The sprint tournament at Maximum Velocity 6 saw 10 riders competing on an omnium basis. The event took place on Tue 15 Mar 2022 at Bellville velodrome.
The top 6 riders scored points in the following events:
Keirin A final
Flying 200m results
Burton Witbooi set the fastest flying 200m time at 11.57s. Jordan September who is a junior was not far behind in 2nd place at 11.76s
Here are the other times:
3. Wade Theunissen 11.82
4. Graeme Ockhuis 12.09
5. Duwayne Adams 12.2
6. Oswin Booysen 12.36
7. Hendrik Grobbelaar 12.57
8. Gavin Cannone 12.58
9. Dirk van Zyl 12.65
10. Matthew Ferguson 12.96
The flying 200m efforts were followed by the match sprints, but first Dirk van Zyl and Matthew Ferguson had to ride a 2-up sprint to determine who goes through to the 3-up sprints. Dirk kicked hard in the back straight on the final lap and opened up a gap for a solid win in 12.61s
Results of 3-up sprints:
P3,4 & 5 from the qualifyers 3-up result:
Graeme Ockhuis 13.17
P2,6 & 7 from the qualifyers 3-up result:
Jordan September 12.08
P1, 8 from 200m & winner of the 2-up sprint
Burton Witbooi 12.16
Dirk van Zyl
The winners of the 3-up sprints then proceeded to ride for P1-3 in the match sprint. The 2nd placed riders rode for P4-6 and the 3 riders for P7-9.
Duwayne Adams 12.29
Wade Theunessen 12.39
Dirk van Zyl
Jordan September 11.99
P6-9 and Matthew Ferguson rode in the Keirin B final
P1-6 rode in the keirin A-final
Dirk van Zyl
Burton Witbooi DNS (technical after being dropped by holder on the line)
Final Sprint tournament points
Jordan September 22
Wade Theunissen 17
Burton Witbooi 14
Graeme Ockhuis 11
Oswin Booysen 7
Dirk van Zyl 4
Duwayne Adams 2
Gavin Cannone 0
Hendrik Grobbelaar 0
Matthew Ferguson 0
Position of riders on equal points was determined by who finished the best in the keirin.
TrackCyclingSA club will host the Maximum Velocity track classic at Bellvlle velodrome. The event takes place on Tuesday 15 March 2022 at 7pm.
Maximum Velocity 6 makes a welcome comeback after the event took a break over the past few years.
The club has pulled out all the stops to make it a memorable event. There will be a sprint invitational race featuring Wade Theunissen, Duwayne Adams, Jordan September, Burton Witbooi, Dirk van Zyl and Hendrik Grobbelaar.
Category A racing will be fast with the elimination scratch and scooter scratch races being the highlights. U17 boys and cat B will race together to help the u17s to prep for national champs.
The women’s racing at Maximum Velocity is always top class and there is a separate women’s category.
Innovation is key and Maximum Velocity will bring something new to the veterans 30+ racing with masters 50+ receiving a handicap advantage.
Scholars are important for the future and there is a full program for the youngsters. Their program and price giving finishes a bit earlier since it is a school night.
Pre-entries close on Friday 11 March 2022.
There are limited spots, but late entries will be accepted on the line where we still have space available.
TrackCyclingSA started the track year at the Jeanné Nell track classic that was held at Bellville velodrome. The even took place on Friday 25 February.
What an event celebrating one of SAs most talented sprinters. There was racing for scholars, women, veterans and elites. Local businesses, Intellibus and New Door, sponsored the event. It was definitely one of the top events that the velodrome has seen over recent years.
The program was innovative and racing was positive and fast. Well done to club members Simon Augustyn, Donna Marriott Lowry, Dirk van Zyl, Callie Greeff, Matthew Ferguson and Jaco Scholtz who participated.
TrackCyclingSA club took the top step in the masters competition after Jaco Scholtz won the points race and tempo races.
Dirk van Zyl and Matthew Ferguson both went through to the B-final of the keirin competition.
TrackCyclingSA club competed in our final event of 2021 at the Paarl Boxing Day meeting on 26 Dec 2021. The event was held at the Faure street velodrome.
Dirk van Zyl, Matthew Ferguson and Jaco Scholtz represented the club in the veterans category.
The club scored podium results in all of the events with Dirk and Jaco finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 800m scratch race. Jaco then finished second in the 1500m scratch race before going on to a solo victory in 5km scratch race.
TrackCyclingSA club is based in the Western Cape, South Africa, and the next major track focus is the South African national championship that takes place at Bellville velodrome towards the end of March’22.
The TrackCyclingSA team pulled off a surprise victory at the Western Cape track cycling championship in the masters category 3000m team pursuit. We fielded two endurance riders and two sprinters in our team. We practiced several combinations and settled on our optimal race strategy before the event.
We started the race at a measured pace. Our first endurance rider took two laps at the front. The first sprinter then took two laps and ramped up the speed before dropping off. At this stage the opposition closed in on us, but our final 3 riders kept our pace. We did not falter and pulled ahead towards the end of the race for a well deserved victory.
The 4 gold medalists are: Jaco Scholtz, Devaroux Jacobs, Callie Greeff and Dirk van Zyl.
The time was 3:46.9, beating the old club record by 6.5 seconds. We are looking forward to build a squad and to improve our time significantly.
TrackCyclingSA cycling club held our 8th annual 500m TT club championship at Bellville velodrome today. The 500m is one of the first events that our new riders experience. It is part of our Ride the Wall track intro. It is incredible to see how riders progress over the years.
The overall winner is crowned based on a handicap system that takes age in to consideration. This year overall winner was quickest on the clock and on the handicap system.
Well done Dirk van Zyl on retaining the club champion trophy for the 3rd consecutive year and on setting a new club record of 36.54s. Photos courtesy of Jarred Brown.