The latest UCI (Union Cycliste International) world rankings show Jean Spies to be ranked second in the world for the 1km time trial, known as the race of truth as it is the rider versus the clock for one kilometre.
Jean admits he loves to hate it and hates to love it, but agrees it is one of his strongest events. Not only has his 1km TT improved in world rankings but Spies is also now ranked 15th and 28th in the Keirin and Sprint respectively.
These results are a high after what has been a relatively low start to the season. Spies has had some bad luck, with his racing bicycle stolen, crashing, and having surgery - all within a few weeks of the other.
However, it didn’t stop his determination as he managed to raise the funds for a new bicycle and headed off to the USA, Ireland and Italy to compete. The results he attained are the crucial factors that contributed to giving him these impressive rankings. A third place in America in the 1km TT by 0.2 seconds behind the world record holder, Francois Pervis, proved that Jean was once again on the upward trajectory.
Jean is a privately funded athlete, traveling the world and competing in the events that make up the UCI qualification criteria for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year August.
“Second in the world, wow!” Jean said, shaking his head with a smile. “It has come as a nice surprise, especially considering how difficult the year has been.”
He will now focus on the UCI World Cup season starting in November. “I am lucky to have enough points right now to qualify for the UCI World Cups, which means I can do a focused three-month training block in preparation for them,” he explained, as he headed out for another tough gym session.
2nd - 1KM Time Trial
15th - Kierin
28th - Sprint
Images credit : Drew Kaplin Photography
Issued on behalf of Jean Spies/ Got it Global (Pty) ltd