Great Success at SA Track Grand Prix 1&2 - 2 photos - 11 Aug 14:09

The South African Track Grand Prix (UCI CL2) and National Series took place in the sunny Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, at the Cyril Geoghegan Cycle Track from 7-9 August 2016.

On the opening day, Team Telkom drove a solid pace in the Team Pursuit to claim the gold medal by more than five seconds. Nolan Hoffman, Reynard Butler, David Maree, and Jean Spies (Cyclenation) were the awesome-foursome to stand atop the podium in the warm Durban winter conditions. They bumped Team Giant (Bernard Esterhuizen, Evan Carstens, Theuns van der Bank, Tim Jenkinson) into second place, while Team VWE (Calvin Beneke, Marco Abrahams, Martin van Wyk, Steven van Heerden) claimed the bronze medal, and a brave effort by visiting Team DRC ( Ludovic Kabamba Muanba ,Divin Nzuzi Manueno , Bebeka Matondo , Fiston Dukwa Bumba) saw them finish in fourth place.

The Elimination had spectators enthralled as the Elite Men took to the track in the morning session, with 26-year-old David Maree (Team Telkom) racing a tactical race to take the victory. He outsmarted his teammate Nolan Hoffman (31) to take the victory, while Martin van Wyk (45 – Team VWE) rounded out the podium.

 
Team Telkom's Nolan Hoffman (right)  and Cyclnation's Jean Spies (left) both achieved goals set ahead of the South African Track Grand Prix (UCI CL2) and National Series, which took place in the sunny Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, at the Cyril Geoghegan Cycle Track from 7-9 August 2016. Photo: Andrew McFadden/BOOGS Photography

Team Telkom's Nolan Hoffman (right)  and Cyclnation's Jean Spies (left) both achieved goals set ahead of the South African Track Grand Prix (UCI CL2) and National Series, which took place in the sunny Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, at the Cyril Geoghegan Cycle Track from 7-9 August 2016. Photo: Andrew McFadden/BOOGS Photography

 

In the Women’s race, Maroesjka Matthee (Team Bestmed a[s]g) pulled out all the stops to take the victory with Charlene Du Preez (Team Clover) finishing second and Jennifer Abbot (Panda) third respectively.

In the younger age groups, Luc O’Brien rode to victory in the U10 Boys 1500m and 3000m Scratch events while Kyla Uys took the Girls’ titles. Competing in the U12 category, Blaise Stainbank showed his dominance in both events while Kita Uys stood her ground as the only young girl competing with the boys. Blake Coetzer showed his strength in the U14 Boys race, while Georgia Dungan was the only young girl competing.

Day two of the event saw the Keirin Heats and the Scratch and Sprint events take place. Slightly windy conditions didn’t seem to have an effect on the rides of the day, as Hoffman powered to first place in the 15km Elite Men’s Scratch race ahead of Carstens (second) and Spies (third).

Day three was Team Sprint, Points Race, and Keirin Finals Day. Elite Men’s Keirin Winner, Jean Spies said: “Organisers like Hylton have made it pleasurable for us and made this event possible. It’s a great time of the year to have this event, especially with the weather like it has been in Durban. A big up to Hylton and his crew - we need more of these events and I hope this grows from strength to strength.”

The Cycle Nation rider was happy with his performance and progress so far after an operation on his shoulder. “All my objectives were well achieved this weekend. My surgery was 13 weeks ago and so I’ve had to build pretty much from scratch to get to where I am now. But all of my goals were reached, it was better than expected.” he said.

Spies concluded by making mention to the sponsors responsible for him achieving the goals reached: “I just want to thank Cycle Nation, J&J Cycling, Adidas Eyewear, Bicycle Power Training, Cyclops and Power Tap. With their support lately, things have been such a great success and have kept me in a good space. It was a perfect weekend for me to show them the support that they have given me.”

 
Maroesjka Matthee (Bestmed a[s]g) is happy with her performance at the South African Track Grand Prix (UCI CL2) and National Series, which took place in the sunny Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, at the Cyril Geoghegan Cycle Track from 7-9 August 2016. Photo: Andrew McFadden/BOOGS Photography

Maroesjka Matthee (Bestmed a[s]g) is happy with her performance at the South African Track Grand Prix (UCI CL2) and National Series, which took place in the sunny Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, at the Cyril Geoghegan Cycle Track from 7-9 August 2016. Photo: Andrew McFadden/BOOGS Photography

 

Women’s Points race and Keirin Winner, Maroesjka Matthee said: “It was pretty cool. I knew three days of racing was going to be tough from the get go. The last time that we raced this much was at National Track Champs in April, so my form hasn’t been that great fitness-wise. My speed is there but I’m not where I should be with fitness. I was mostly scared of the last day, but everything went well in the end.”

Matthee valued the importance of a Class 2 UCI event being hosted in South Africa. “Chasing UCI points costs a lot of money when you have to go overseas. Because it is an Olympic year and Olympics are now, you obviously don’t need the points at this stage. But we do for next year and the year after that as we build to Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. And then from Gold Coast you need it for 2020.

“If we can attract more international races, we can then go to a UCI Class 1, we gain so many more points, and it makes it so much easier to get into the Commonwealth Games. For South Africa, we need to qualify, so having a UCI event in our country is huge,” she said.

Under-16 Concept Cyclery and keen mountain bike rider, Courtney Smith said: “I never wanted to try Track cycling. Then everyone was telling me to just come along on a Saturday, and you can get free bikes to use for the day. I came one day, and was really nervous because you can’t stop – there are no brakes, and there are no gears, but I actually had so much fun. It’s just so different. I enjoy mountain biking, not really road cycling. I have fallen in love with Track cycling and it really is a lot of fun.”

After returning from a Track Cycling Training Camp at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, Jessica Brown has felt herself improve on the bike. “Team Sprint-wise I feel like I’ve gotten stronger in my upper body. We have done a lot of gym work. I had little upper body strength when we went to the UCI,” she said.

On arrival in Aigle, the Liv Giant rider mentioned she was put straight into strength training. “We went straight into the gym, so for standing starts I had a bigger build than Jen (Abbot) and they told me that I was first rider, so I had definitely improved in my standing starts. I take first wave. We have improved really well as a team as well. I feel like sprinting-wise, I have also improved a lot,” she said.

Brown chatted about the importance of gym work for Track sprinters: “Eighty percent of the work is in the gym. The only thing you need to do on the track is to know your track. You need to know how to ride on the track. And even if it is not your hometown track, you need to know your lines. You don’t spend a lot of time on the track as a sprint rider, the endurance riders spend a bit more time.”

Race Organiser, Hylton Belitzky, was rather pleased with the way the event played out. “It was a great success. The weather played its part and there was some excellent, fast racing. It really was a great event,” he said.

Cycling South Africa’s Track Cycling Commissioner, Gerhard Meyer, explained the importance of the first UCI Class 2 event in South Africa. “This is part of our plan to lift Track Cycling in Africa and South Africa. On the cards for next year, we will try and host two of these events, but we definitely need to talk to other African countries to see if we can have another event in Africa to earn the points. If we don't earn UCI points, we cannot go to the World Cups. So it is important that we make the changes.”

Speaking about how we as a nation can assist interested teams in Africa, Meyer said: “We need to start with the basics, even for our coaches to get involved. Let’s look at what these riders have got and look at the opportunities there are in Africa, then look at how we prepare their coaches – how do we get their riders to step up. Perhaps these countries can compete in our local and provincial racing series as well.”

Cycling South Africa’s President, and President of the Confederation of African Cycling's Track Commission , William Newman, explained the broader vision for track cycling on the continent. “It is important that we grow track cycling in Africa and this event is part of a programme to develop the discipline on the continent. We started with the 2015 African Continental Track Championships in Pietermaritzburg, then we had the 2016 Continental Championships in Morocco this year, and now the plan is to get a series of African Track Cycling UCI Class 1 and 2 events to get the African continent active in track cycling. It’s great that South Africa is leading by example and we are very proud to host this event.”

Newman said that creating awareness of Track Cycling across the continent is top of mind, and that there are equivalent events in the pipeline to take place in Morocco, Algeria, and Nigeria in the lead up to the African Continental Track Championships in Egypt in February 2017.

“There is a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes and I really commend the organisers here – Hylton Belitzky and his team, KZN Track Cycling Commission – for setting a great example with this event. The cherry on top was to see the DRC arriving. It’s huge for Africa and it is important to continue developing the sport.

“The objective is to grow the discipline and make sure that the African riders have the opportunity to go on to World Cups and World Champs events; and also to build towards the 2022 Commonwealth Games. So it is all up from here and I know that we will succeed in growing track cycling in Africa.

For more information, click here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-track-grand-prix/ .

To download the full set of results, click here:http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20160810_TrackGPResults.xlsx .

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Summary of Results – SA Track Grand Prix (UCI CL2) – Day 1 Sunday 7 August

1500m U10 Girls

1.Kyla Uys

2.Makayla Saville

1500m U10 Boys

1.Luc O’Brien 2.37.24

2.Nathan Hattingh

1500m U12 Girls

1.Kita Uys (G)

1500m U12 Boys

1.Blaise Stainbank 2.33.93

2.Keagan Brand

3.Keaton Taljard

1500m U14 Girls

1.Georgia Dungan

1500m U14 Boys

1.Blake Coetzer 2.37.81

2.James Swart

3.Trent Taljard

Elimination – Elite Men

1.David Maree

2.Nolan Hoffman

3.Martin van Wyk

Elimination – Junior Men

1.Joshua van Wyk

2.Wade Theunissen

3.Sibonelo Mbele

Elimination – U16 Men

1.Tanner Quinn

Elimination – Master Men

1.Gerrit Schepers

2.Hylton Belitzky

3.Duanne Coetzer

Elimination – Elite Women

1.Maroesjka Matthee

2.Charlene du Preez

3.Elfriede Wolfaardt

Elimination – Junior Women

1.Jennifer Abbot

2.Jessica Brown

Elimination – Masters Women

1.Amanda Wray

2.Angela Scruby

3.Megan Staples

Elimination – U16 Women

1.Courtney Smith

3000m Scratch – U10 Girls

1.Kyla Uys

2.Makayla Saville

3000m Scratch – U10 Boys

1.Luc O’Brien 5.33.52

2.Nathan Hattingh

3.Joshua Fuchs

3000m Scratch – U12 Girls

1.Kita Uys (G)

3000m Scratch – U12 Boys

1.Blaise Stainbank 5.47.77

2.Keagan Brand

3.Keaton Taljard

5000m Scratch U14 Girls

1.Georgia Dungan (G)

5000m Scratch U14 Boys

1.Blake Coetzer 9.17.01

2.James Swart

3.Keaton Clark

4000m Team Pursuit – Elite Men

1.TEAM TELKOM 4.35.28

[Nolan Hoffman; Reynard Butler; David Maree; Jean Spies] 

2.TEAM GIANT 4.41.17

[Bernard Esterhuizen; Evan Carstens; Theuns van der Bank; Tim Jenkinson] 

3.TEAM VWE 4.45.53

[Calvin Beneke; Marco Abrahams; Martin van Wyk; Steven van Heerden] 

4. TEAM DRC 5.59.14

[Ludovic Kabamba Muanba ; Divin Nzuzi Manueno ; Bebeka Matondo ; Fiston Dukwa Bumba]

4000m Team Pursuit – Junior Men

1.TEAM VWE 5.07.96

[Benedict Moqumo; Jayde Davies; Joshua van Wyk; Sibonelo Mbele] 

2.TEAM FSSA 5.09.01

[Andrew Edwards; Brinton Comeroden; Tye Stainbank; Wessel Swanepoel]

3000m Team Pursuit – Master Men

1.David Dungan; Gerrit Schepers; Steve Marnewick; Hylton Belitzky 4.08.71

2.Robert Maartens; Duanne Coetzer; Lee Kane; Pierre Slabbert 4.32.52

2000m Team Pursuit – Women

1.Amanda Wray; Angela Scruby; Megan Staples 3.19.14

Summary of Results – SA Track Grand Prix (UCI CL2) – Day 2 Monday 8 August

Elite Men 15km Scratch

1.Nolan Hoffman 20.44.65

2.Evan Carstens

3.Jean Spies

Junior Men 10km Scratch

1. Jayde Davies 14.48.36

2.Wade Theunissen

3.Joshua van Wyk

Master Men 7.5km Scratch

1.Hylton Belitzky 11.10.70

2.Gerrit Schepers

3.Duanne Coetzer

Elite Women 7.5km Scratch

1.Maroesjka Matthee 11.16.72

2. Charlene Du Preez

3. Elfriede Wolfaardt

Junior Women 7.5km Scratch

1. Jennifer Abbot

2. Jessica Brown

Masters Women 7.5km Scratch

1.Amanda Wray

2.Megan Staples

3.Angela Scruby

U16 Women 7.5km Scratch

1. Courtney Smith

Sprint Finals - Ladies - Heat 3        

BRONZE No heat 3              

1. Jessica Brown

2. Jennifer Abbot

GOLD No heat 3

1. Maroesjka Matthee

2. Charlene Du Preez

Sprint Finals - Elite Men - Heat 1                 

BRONZE                  

Kyle Walker

Evan Carstens     

GOLD     

Bernard Esterhuizen

Marco Abrahams               

Sprint Finals - Junior Men - Heat 1             

BRONZE                  

Joshua van Wyk

Tye Stainbank

GOLD     

Wade Theunissen

Sibonelo Mbele

Sprint Finals - Master Men - Heat 1           

BRONZE                  

Lee Kane

Pierre Slabbert                    

GOLD     

Hylton Belitzky  

Gerrit Schepers 

Sprint Finals - Ladies - Heat 1       

BRONZE                  

Jessica Brown

Jennifer Abbot  

GOLD     

Maroesjka Matthee

Charlene Du Preez

Sprint Finals - Elite Men - Heat 2                 

BRONZE                  

Kyle Walker

Evan Carstens

GOLD     

Bernard Esterhuizen

Marco Abrahams               

Sprint Finals - Junior Men - Heat 2             

BRONZE                  

Joshua van Wyk

Tye Stainbank

GOLD

Wade Theunissen

Sibonelo Mbele



Sprint Finals - Master Men - Heat 2           

BRONZE                  

Lee Kane                 

Pierre Slabbert

GOLD     

Hylton Belitzky

Gerrit Schepers 

Sprint Finals - Ladies - Heat 2       

BRONZE                  

Jessica Brown

Jennifer Abbot

GOLD     

Maroesjka Matthee

Charlene Du Preez



Sprint Finals - Elite Men - Heat 3                 

BRONZE                

Kyle Walker

Evan Carstens



GOLDNo Heat 3                 

Bernard Esterhuizen

Marco Abrahams

Sprint Finals - Junior Men - Heat 3               



BRONZE No heat 3              

Joshua van Wyk

Tye Stainbank

GOLDNo heat 3                  

Wade Theunissen

Sibonelo Mbele

Sprint Finals - Master Men - Heat 3           

BRONZE No heat 3              

Lee Kane

Pierre Slabbert  

GOLD     

Hylton Belitzky

Gerrit Schepers



Sprint Finals - Master Men - Heat 4           

GOLD     

Hylton Belitzky08 October 1974

Gerrit Schepers10 July 1959

Summary of Results – SA Track Grand Prix (UCI CL2) – Day 3 Tuesday 9 August

U10 Girls – 500m Time Trial

1.Makayla Saville

Elite Men – Team Sprint

1.TEAM GIANT 1:09.22

[Bernard Esterhuizen; Evan Carstens; Theuns van der Bank; Tim Jenkinson] 

2.TEAM VWE 1.12.23

[Calvin Beneke; Marco Abrahams; Martin van Wyk; Steven van Heerden] 

3.TEAM FSSA 1.12.79

[Tye Stainbank; Hylton Belitzky; Kyle Walker] 

4.TEAM DRC 1.23.91

[ Ludovic Kabamba Muanba ; Divin Nzuzi Manueno ; Bebeka Matondo ; Fiston Dukwa Bumba]

Junior Men – Team Sprint

1.TEAM VWE 1.14.34

[Benedict Moqumo; Joshua van Wyk; Sibonelo Mbele] 

2.TEAM FSSA 1.16.16

[Andrew Edwards; Brinton Comeroden; Wessel Swanepoel]

Master Men – Team Sprint

1.Steve Marnewick; Gerrit Schepers; Lee Kane 1.17.52

2.Pierre Slabbert; Robert Maartens; Duanne Coetzer 1.22.60

Women – Team Sprint

1.Jennifer Abbot; Jessica Brown 52.95

2.Bronwyn Abrahams; Elfriede Wolfaardt 57.44

3.Courtney Smith, Amanda Wray 57.46

4.Angela Scruby; Megan Staples 1.00.80



Elite Men – 30km Points

1.Nolan Hoffman 78

2.Steven van Heerden 62

3.Bernard Esterhuizen 57

Junior Men – 16km Points

1.Joshua van Wyk 50

2.Andrew Edwards 13

3.Wessel Swanepoel 12

U16 Men – 16km Points

1.Tanner Quinn

Master Men – 8km Points

1.Hylton Belitzky 15

2.Duanne Coetzer 13

3.Steve Marnewick 6

Overall Women – 10km Points

1.Maroesjka Matthee 19

2.Elfriede Wolfaardt 15

3.Charlene Du Preez 15

Elite Men - Keirin

1.Jean Spies 12.00

2.Evan Carstens

3.Calvin Beneke

Junior Men – Keirin

1.Wade Theunissen 12.66

2.Joshua van Wyk

3.Tye Stainbank

Master Men – Keirin

1.Hylton Belitzky 13.66

2.Gerrit Schepers

3.David Dungan

Women – Keirin

1.Maroesjka Matthee 13.14

2.Charlene Du Preez

3.Jennifer Abbot