Celebrating Success: South African Track Championships 2024

From March 21st to 25th, 2024, Gqeberha basked in perfect weather as it played host to the South African Track Championships at the esteemed Westbourne Oval Velodrome. The atmosphere was electric, with riders showcasing thrilling performances and demonstrating their prowess on the track.

The event commenced with a memorable Lap of Honour, featuring some of our esteemed Track Legends, who were deeply honoured to be part of the occasion. Their presence added a touch of nostalgia and reverence to the proceedings, setting the stage for an unforgettable championship.

A total of 142 riders, spanning ages from 10 to an impressive 86, participated in the championships, reflecting the diverse and inclusive nature of the event. Notably, our 86-year-old contender astounded everyone by setting three new records, exemplifying the spirit of perseverance and determination that permeated throughout the competition.

One of the most encouraging aspects of the championships was the significant turnout in the U17 category, indicating a promising future for track cycling in South Africa. This burgeoning talent pool serves as a strong foundation for the sport to flourish in the years to come.

Key Highlights of the Championships:

  • Dates and Venue: Hosted by East Cape Cycling, the championships took place from March 21st to 25th, 2024, at the Westbourne Oval Velodrome in Gqeberha.
  • Diverse Categories: Sprint and Endurance races were held across various distances and age categories, including Para-cyclists, Juniors, U/23, Elite, and a range of youth and veteran age groups up to 80+ for both men and women.
  • Record-Breaking Performance: Andre Joubert, aged 80+, showcased exceptional skill and determination by breaking records in both the Time Trial and Pursuit events within his age group, inspiring admiration and applause from all.
  • Positive Rider Feedback: The resounding feedback from our riders has been overwhelmingly positive, with participants expressing their enjoyment and satisfaction with the event. Their enthusiasm and camaraderie added to the vibrant atmosphere, making the championships a truly memorable experience for all involved.
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As we celebrate the success of the South African Track Championships 2024, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the organizers, staff members, volunteers, and, most importantly, the riders who contributed to making this event a resounding success. Your dedication, passion, and sportsmanship embody the essence of cycling and inspire us all.

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