Riders from Gauteng and the Eastern Cape travelled to the Western Cape for the second leg of the Junior National Track Cycling Team, selection events, held at the Bellville Velodrome on the 30 and 31 March.
Rickardo Broxham (Pro Touch Cycling Team), dominated the endurance events, as he had done at the first event in Durban in February, lapping the field in both the Scratch and Points races. "He is clearly in a league of his own", said Kurt Begemann, Junior High Performance Track Cycling Manager. "He went to Junior World's last year, and has a clear understanding of what is needed to perform on the world's biggest stage. Many athletes get intimidated by that and move away from the sport. With Rickardo, it has only motivated him to get faster."
Behind Broxham, Mathew Fortuin (Ascendis Health), and Linwell Jansen (All 4 Security) did well to round out the Endurance Omnium standings, in a field that was very evenly matched.
On the Sprinters Omnium, Jansen showed his versatility by performing consistently and taking the overall result ahead of relative new comer Mirsab Jordan. While new to the discipline of track, Jordan shows promise with a quick turn of speed that put experienced track rider, Storm King into third.
On the women's side of the event, current Junior National Champion, Courtney Smith was absent due to injury, which left Eastern Cape rider Andrea de Waal to take a clean sweep, and move into the lead on the overall standings.
The final event in the Junior Selection Series will take place this weekend (April 06/07 and 08) in Port Elizabeth at the Westbourne Oval.
View the 2018 Junior National Track Standings (05.04.2018)