Anticipation has begun to build around the country and continent with just three weeks to go until the 2017 African Continental Track Championships kicks off at the Cyril Geoghegan Velodrome in Durban, from 20-24 March. South African Track and Road cycling hero, Nolan Hoffman has once again begun to zone in ahead of the event.
When chatting about his greatest competition for his particular main focus events (Scratch and Omnium), Hoffman says his greatest threats on the track are from his own country. He said: “Many of the African countries I race against are much stronger on the road than they are on the track. Infrastructure plays a huge role in developing skill sets and all of that come into play in the competition. Although we don’t know what will happen on the day, my strongest competitors, or the ones I’ll be looking out for, would be Bernard Esterhuizen, Evan Carstens, and Jean Spies.”
The 2016 SA National Elite Men’s Scratch Champion says that his major focus lies with the Scratch and Omnium events. “I know that if I become the African Continental Champion in the Scratch event, I will automatically be entered into World Champs. That’s why there is a lot of emphasis on it for me,” he added.
Hoffman, who is skilled both on track and the road, recently took the title at the Herald Cycle Tour on Sunday 26 February.
He and his team (formally Team Telkom) recently rebranded with a new sponsor on board, becoming Team BCX (powered by Lange Sports) only a week ago. Hoffman, although riding for the National team, will still be joined by many of his BCX team mates who will also be taking part in the Championships.
The track was built in the early 1980s in memory of the late Cyril Geoghegan, a stalwart of cycling in the 1960s. The 333-metre, 42-degree banked track has played host to many national and international track events in the past.
KwaZulu-Natal Track Cycling’s Hylton Belitzky said that the national and continental entries are on the rise, and the Track Commission is looking very forward to hosting this prestigious event, which will display some of the greatest track cycling talent in Africa.
The competition will run from 20-23 March, with Friday 24 being a reserve day for races postponed or carried over.
Entrance for the public is free, and Cycling SA encourages those in and around KwaZulu-Natal to come and witness the fine spectacle of racing that is track cycling.
Racing is open to Elite and Junior Men and Women only, and for those riders or teams still wishing to enter, time is running out so best get your entries in soonest. Entries close on Tuesday 7 March 2017. To download the entry form, click here: https://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20170103_Entry-Form-2017-with-logos-English.pdf
For more information, click here: https://www.cyclingsa.com/2017-african-conti-track-champs/