The following riders have been selected to represent the South African track cycling team at the second UCI Track Cycling World Cup “Classic” to be held in Cali, Columbia from 01 to 03 December 2011.
The world’s best track cyclists will descend on the Columbian city, known as the Sport Capital, for the second round of the 2011-2012 Track World Cup Series. It will be the eleventh time that the Alcides Nieto Patiño velodrome hosts the spectacular performance of track speed and endurance.
Bernard Esterhuizen, Nolan Hoffman and Evan Carstens make up the team, representing South Africa in the various track disciplines of Keirin, Sprint, Omnium, Points and the Madison.
Following the first World Cup in Astana, Esterhuizen has maintained his training schedule, based at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle. “My training is still the same but the main thing that I am focussing on is being more aggressive during the race,” he said. Esterhuizen is looking forward to racing in Columbia after missing out last year due to being caught up in Spain, without a flight in good time to race.
Hoffman, who was content with his top 10 result in the sprint race at the Astana World Cup, his first international race in two years, feels confident in bettering his results in Columbia. Hoffman will also race the Madison with Carstens.
A new inclusion to this team for the second World Cup is Evan Carstens, who has been focusing on both his endurance and sprint elements of training in the build up to this race. This will be Carstens’ first trip to the velodrome in Cali: “I have not raced in Columbia before, but I have been trying to train in similar conditions.”
In speaking about the Madison race, in which he teams up with Hoffman, Carstens said: “This will be my first race with Nolan, and I am looking forward to the opportunity.”
Track Team for Cali World Cup
Keirin / Sprint – Bernard Esterhuizen
Omnium – Nolan Hoffman
Points – Evan Carstens
Madison – Nolan Hoffman and Evan Carstens