Cycling South Africa along with its parent body SASCOC (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) are proud to announce the largest ever contingent of South African cyclists (since our readmission to world sport in 1992) that has been selected to attend the 2012 London Olympics.
For many of the cyclists it has been a triumph over injury, or a significant personal improvement, or even a last-minute accomplishment with Olympic spots been awarded very close to the end of May deadline date for qualification, that has brought them thus far.
You snooze, you lose. The truth in this saying was illustrated on Saturday (2 June) when Gawie Combrinck (Westvaal-Columbia) outrode everybody during the Nissan TrailSeeker Tyger Valley 70km marathon in Pretoria to take the victory.
Combrinck attacked after just 10 kilometers. His surprise attack resulted in all the main protagonists watching each other to see who will respond first to try to chase Combrinck down. None of them were prepared to commit to doing all the hard work to bring Combrinck back into the fold.
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Lotto-Belisol)’s victory in Sunday’s last stage of the Tour de Free State, might just mean that South Africa will be able to send three riders to the Olympic Games in London.
Before the start of the tour South Africa needed about 57 points to move up to the 13th place on the UCI rankings – which would mean three riders can go to the Games.
Not even the chilly start to the morning could deter the cross-country athletes at the Hayterdale Trails near Addo for the third round of the CSA-MTB National Cup Series at the weekend in Port Elizabeth.
The organiser, Mountain Events put heart and soul into this event, creating specially made magnificent trails with drop-offs, wooden bridges, rock gardens, and then of course the great climbs with flowing singletrack sections as reward.
South African BMX racer Sifiso “Skizo” Nhlapo booked his place in the SA team for the London Olympic Games after reaching the quarter-finals of the BMX World Championships in Birmingham, England, on Saturday night.
Nhlapo successfully negotiated his way through the early rounds, finishing second in the heats and third in the quarter-finals to secure his spot in the team for London.
Charles Keey (Team Blend Property Group) added his name to the impressive list of riders that won the RE:CM 100Miler when on Saturday he crossed the finish line in first place after a grueling 160km.
Keey’s winning time was 5 hours, 55 minutes and 58 seconds. The times were a bit slower than previous years and not only because of the wet and muddy conditions, but also because the organisers added a singletrack section 2km from the finish.