Junior Track Cycling Programme update

In the competitive world of track cycling, the importance of better-prepared and more skilled riders is ever increasing.  As such, we continue to provide growth opportunities for our U/16 and Junior riders.

Aim of the Junior Track Cycling Programme

The aim of the Junior Track Cycling Programme for 2014 remains to:

  • Improve the skills and performance of our U14 to Junior riders
  • Prepare our high performance Junior riders towards competing in the Junior Track World Championships in Seoul, Korea (April-August 2014

Concluded activities

The following interventions have been concluded to date:

  • Area specific Skills and Knowledge courses during March 2014
    • These were held in Johannesburg and Cape Town and attended by 33 riders
    • Targeted: U/14 to Junior riders
    • Objectives achieved: improved knowledge of track cycling, its techniques and tactics; improved cycling performance
  • Your participation in the Provincial and National Championships
  • South East Asia Grand Prix Series
    • An opportunity arose to give international exposure to our top Junior riders
    • 3 Grands Prix were held during May 2014 in Malaysia
    • A squad of 7 Junior riders were selected based on their National Championships results
    • They did us proud with 12 podium positions!

So what is next?

As per our Framework plan, the following is being finalised:

  • 3-day High Performance Camp
    • Date: 14-16 June
    • Venue: Pilditch
    • A further opportunity to grow as a rider in track cycling skills, knowledge and application thereof on and off the track towards improved performance
    • A total of 20 riders would be accommodated
    • Targeted: high performing U/16 and Junior riders
  • Finalising selection of a Junior squad
    • Events:
      • Junior Track World Championships (August 2014)
      • T-Town racing (July 2014)
    • Targeted: Junior riders
    • Selection: in progress

Further skills clinics are in the pipeline for the fourth quarter of 2014.