Team SA did exceedingly well in Italy and Switzerland in the recent UCI World Cup events. 4 Gold medals, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze – How is that ! Oh yes and a World Cup Winners Jersey to boot. Read all about it on CyclingSA website.
WPcyclingPD is especially proud of Craig, Justine, Goldie and Ernst.
The 2015 World Cup and World Championships programme starts in earnest with the Italian, Swiss World Cup events – In Maniago (5-7 June) and Yverdon-les-Bains (13 – 16 June). We wish you all the best.
The riders, comprising the national team, are as follows:
Italian World Cup (Maniago)
Ernst van Dyk (H5); Justine Asher (H2); Craig Ridgard (C2); George Rex (T1); Goldy Fuchs (T2); Gerhard Viljoen (T2) and Team Manager: Mike Burns;
Swiss World Cup (Yverdon-les-Bains)
Ernst van Dyk (H5); Craig Ridgard (C2); Pieter du Preez (H1) and Team Manager: Mike Burns;
Significantly, the South African team will be accompanied by their development rider colleague, Simon Makgobela (H5 hand-cyclist), who is entered for the Italian and Swiss World Cup events as an independent competitor. Makgobela has great potential to excel in hand-cycling. Assisted by saturation-level high performance support since March 2015, he is expected to benefit greatly from the international competition experience that he will gain from travelling with the national team in Europe. This will stand him in good stead to perform to his potential as a member of the national team that will compete in the UCI World Cup event to the hosted by South Africa in Pietermaritzburg in September 2015. Makgobela is being generously supported by grant funding received from the Department of Sport and Recreation and is being assisted with his development by Cycling South Africa.
Good luck to all the handcyclists and supporters going to George for the OCC on Saturday.
Lots of travel mercies and good and safe rides. Have fun!!
The first League race of season 9 was held at Joostenberg Saturday 25 October. It was the annual Time Trial and Prize Giving.
The 10 km route delivered quite a bit of drama with a fair amount of falls but two of the juniors, Andrew and Tasreeq improved on their personal bests in spite of the wind.
The best rides on the 16km was delivered by Hein and Alwyn with newly joined tandem pair David and Jason short on their heels. And a big thanks to Theo to have managed 5 new pairs on tandems for the TT. Welcome Michayla & Rouxle, Apiwe & Richard,, Babalwa & Erika, Kamelen & Charlie and Shelon & Morne, Glad to see Apiwe and Kamelen back in the saddle. It was also a delight to see so many new juniors. Three new juniors Neil Smit, Adriaan Groenewalt and Vernon Treu ventured onto the big road for the first time. Well done to you all and we hope to see your there every month.
The Prize Giving afterwards rewarded, as usual, riders for their commitment to the sport by pushing themselves harder every race and also for being there. No chance of catching a fish if your line is not in the water they say. So congratulations on all the winners.
A very special thanks to Alma and Ruth for organising the whole Prize Giving event so faithfully, and thanks you to all the marshals and time keepers for making these races possible,
Welcome to the new season, we hope to see many good things in this coming year.
CBM supported a team of 4 riders from Western Province Cycling for People with Disabilities….. Read the article featured on the CBM website. We are very grateful for the support from CBM for the young riders.
CBM is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world.
The SA Tandem for the blind, Western Cape, will be hosting their first international cycling tour to Namibia from 4 – 13 July 2014.
It is a privilege to take 8 Children from Athlone school for the Blind in Bellville South, on the tour too. Blind and partially sighted cyclist from Kwa Zulu natal and Gauteng will join the Western Cape team.
All the teams will meet in Keetmanshoop on Saturday 3 July 2014. The tour will commence from Keetmanshoop on Sunday 6 July 2014, cycling to Luderitz overnighting there and return to Keetmanshoop on tandem. Tuesday morning the teams will depart by bus to Windhoek, doing some sightseeing.
Wends day morning the cyclist will cycle in the Nature Reserve near Windhoek, due to safety the national roads cannot be used for cycling. That afternoon the teams will bus to Swakkopmund. Thursday if the weather permits it a cycle ride will be taken to Henties bay. This is a salt road.
The tour officially ends Thursday evening in Swakkopmund.
A Great thanks to all the sponsors and to Lotto to make this tour possible.
Great enthusiasm for a fundraiser event for WPcyclingPD. There will be a HOBO EVENING (dinner and dance for the whole family) on Saturday 7 June. Please book the date so long and WATCH THIS SPACE FOR DETAILS.
This VIDEO of the handcyclists’ Road race give one an idea of the speed and technicality of this race. Ernst and Stuart features in this video.
Lots of photos on the facebook pages of Stuart , Ernst , Justine.