125th Paarl Boxing day

The 125th Paarl Boxing day track cycling challenge took place at the Faure street stadium, Paarl, on Tuesday 26 December.

This track cycling event started in 1897 with the open 25-mile race being the most prestigious event on the program. The winner of this races gets their name engraved on the Minnaar trophy that dates back to 1908.

90 riders participated this year ranging in categories from under 11 scholars to masters.

The elite field saw the professional rider, Jonas Rickaert, from Belgium lining up on the start line along side the top local track riders. He took top honours by winning the 25-mile and was also awarded the top rider of the day trophy.

Jonas Rickaert wins the 25-mile race. Photo Marc Pentz

Here are the results of all the races.

Track league goes back to the 80’s

The WP track league kicks off on Saturday, 20 May’23, at Bellville velodrome. The loadshedding schedule has been consulted and there is no impact on the event.

Entries close on 17 May’23. Click here for league and event details.

The maximum gear ratio is limited to 90-inches. This encourages rides to use leg speed. It is a fun way to get going again on the track after a break since the track nations in April.

Track cyclists ready to race

Track cyclists from across South Africa are ready to race at Maximum Velocity 7. This is the final event at Bellville velodrome before the national track cycling championships.

It takes place on the Cape Town Cycle Tour weekend. This allows visiting riders the chance to an outing on the track on Friday, 10 Nov, before the Cycle Tour.

The program is fast and action packed. It features a sprint invitation, a team pursuit and and endurance competition.

The sprint event is by invitation and these riders will entertain the crowds in a match sprint tournament.

The endurance events are there to sharpen the skills before the national championship. It features technical events such as the points, scooter scratch and elimination races. Riders in the Cape are familiar with the scooter scratch. This is an endurance race where the scooter paces the riders for a set amount of laps while they rotate. Riders may only sit behind the scooter for 1 lap. The scooter pulls of with a few laps to go and then it is a scratch race from there.

Spectator entry is free. There will be coffee and food on sale at the event.

Entries close on Tuesday, 7 March 2023. No late entries.

Sign-on and number collection closes at 6.30pm on race night. Racing starts at 7pm and finishes at 10pm.

Entry details are here: https://www.wpcycling.com/event/maximum-velocity-7-track-classic-bellville-velodrome/?instance_id=2526

The program is here: https://www.wpcycling.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/MV7-DRAFT-PROGRAM.pdf

TrackCyclingSA ends the year on a high

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.

The veterans bunch at the Faure street velodrome, Paarl

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.

Gauteng and Northern regions Track Cycling Championship 2021 (from 21/08/21)

The Gauteng Track & Northern regions Cycling championship was held over two weekends at Hector Norris Park in Johannesburg.

Here are the results of the elite men’s and women’s races:

1500m Men

  1. R. Broxham
  2. J. van Wyk
  3. B. Moqumo

1500m Women

  1. C. Gnudi
  2. E. Gianchino
  3. V. Bester

Match Sprint Men

  1. D. Abbot
  2. M. Abrahams
  3. B. Moqumo

Match sprint Women (Open)

  1. K. Uys
  2. C. Gnudi
  3. M. Roller

Keirin Men

  1. J. van Wyk
  2. M. Abrahams
  3. B. Moqumo

Keirin Women (Open)

  1. E. Gianchino
  2. C. Gnudi
  3. V. Bester

TT men

  1. M. Abrahams
  2. B. Moqumo
  3. D. Abbot

TT Women

  1. C. Gnudi

Elimination men

  1. J. van Wyk
  2. M. Abrahams
  3. B. Moqumo

Elimination women

  1. C. Gnudi

Scratch men (open)

  1. J. van Wyk
  2. J. Dyke
  3. R. Broxham

Scratch women (open)

  1. C. Gnudi
  2. E. Gianchino
  3. M. Roller

Points men (open)

  1. J. van Wyk
  2. M. Broxham
  3. J. Dike

Points women (open)

  1. E. Gianchino
  2. K. Uys
  3. M. Roller

Individual pursuit men

  1. J. van Wyk
  2. M. Broxham
  3. M. Abrahams

Individual pursuit women

  1. E. Gianchino
  2. L. Labuschagne