South African Track Champion and African Continental Individual Pursuit Champion Gert Fouche smashed the long-standing South African National Track Hour Record when he challenged himself against the clock at the Hector Norris Park oval in Gauteng yesterday evening, 18 October.
The 38-year-old completed 47.023 kilometres over 103 laps in the gruelling hour-long solo effort, blitzing the existing distance record of 45.490 kilometres, which was set at the same track by James Louter on 13 November 1999.
Competing in the “Race of Truth” has always lured Gert and has kept his motivation high for racing on the track.
While there are no immediate plans to attempt the hour record in Mexico just yet, Gert says that this is where most world records are set due to it being the fastest track in the world.
Gert says he has no racing goals at the moment but wants to enjoy the privilege of being able to ride is bike!
*Gert has been a keen cyclist on the road since 1996 but his start to Track racing was at the SA National Championships in 2015. On the track, he has also won several titles, including two titles in the Elite category in 2017 (one for Pursuit and one for Team Pursuit) and 11 national titles in 2015 and 2016 as a Master.