Records are toppling and there have been some stand-out performances at the 2018 SA Track National Champion ships currently underway at the Bellville Velodrome in the Western Cape, with competitions running until Sunday 16 December.
In an exhilarating attempt in the 1 Kilometre Time Trial, African National Champion Jean Spies came within 1 second of British rider Sir Chris Hoy's Bellville Velodrome record when he won the event on Thursday in a time of one minute and four seconds. The time is a new record for a South African rider on the Bellville track.
In the women’s races, Gauteng’s Kita Uys from set a new national record for the U15 Girls 500 metre Time Trial, smashing the existing record set by Chante Olivier by more than two seconds, posting a new best time of 40.25 seconds.
International campaigner Charlene Du Preez set a new Elite Women’s 500 metre Time Trial record of 36.26 seconds, breaking Joanne Van der Westhuizen's 11-year-old record by four-hundredths of a second!
Jonty Bowers has dominated the U17 Boys category winning four straight gold medals in a row, across both the timed events and the bunch events.
The KwaZulu-Natal Development Programme’s Thabiso Zindela caused a major upset when he rode away from the favourite contenders in the 1500m Scratch to claim his first National Championship victory! Thabiso is a young man from the Hammarsdale area in KZN that started attending the development clinics in his area during the course of 2017. He showed early talent and was placed into the KZN Cycling higher performance training group. In September 2017 he was part of this group that got introduced to track cycling for the first time and this is when he really came into his own.
The SA Track National Championships continues at the Bellville Velodrome in Bellville, Western Cape, until Sunday 16 December and admission to the general public is free.
All photos courtesy Owen Lloyd.