The inaugural KZN Summer Series, in conjunction with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation and Msunduzi Municipality, will see some of the world’s greatest women in cycling compete in the province in two separate UCI 1.2 women-only races on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 November 2016. To date, 17 teams have committed to taking part in the series, including three African teams, put together by the World Cycling Centre Africa in Potchefstroom in the North West.
World Cycling Centre Africa Director, Jean-Pierre van Zyl, will also be hosting a women’s training camp for women riders from all over Africa at the venue in the weeks leading up to the KZN Summer Series. The riders will then be competing in the races, under African Cycling Centre. So far, the centre has seen commitment from Algeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Eritrea and the Central African Republic hoping to raise the flag for women’s cycling in Africa even higher.
“I have invited some riders over for the training camp from around Africa, and they should begin arriving next week,” said van Zyl.
Van Zyl has selected 15 women riders to form the three African Cycling Centre team (five riders per team).
The teams will then take part in both the Queen Nandi Challenge (Wednesday 16 November) and the Queen Sibaya Classic the very next day. These two races take place just three days before the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge (UCI 1.1) in Gauteng on Sunday 20. Each African Cycling Centre team will also take part in this race, giving them an extra opportunity to earn important UCI points.
Van Zyl mentioned that Ethiopia, Eritrea and Algeria are all bringing some first-timers to the country. “These riders are really good, they’re up there in African women’s cycling,” he added.
The riders will be preparing, base training, and spend time on Watt Bikes in order to determine where they are and where they need to be. “After seeing how they do on the Watt Bikes, we will then be able to train them accordingly to prepare them for the three races,” he said.
For more information about the KZN Summer Series, click here: www.cyclingsa.com/2016-kzn-summer-series/
For more information about the UCI World Cycling Centre Africa, click here: www.wccafrica.com/