Seven South African road cyclists have travelled to Mozambique as part of a 200-strong South African team representing eighteen sporting disciplines at the 2011 All Africa Games, taking place in Maputo. The duration of the Games, which happen every four years, is from 3rd to 18th September.
Road cycling is the only cycling discipline that features in the All-Africa Games, unlike the Olympic Games that have recently introduced BMX and cross-country mountain biking to their road and track events; and the Commonwealth Games that features track and road cycling. Racing begins today (Thursday 8 September) with the Time Trial (TT), followed by the Team TT on Friday and the Road Race on Sunday.
Leandri Du Toit, Lisa Olivier and Lynette Burger will be competing in the road race and TT events, whilst Jay Thomson, Nolan Hoffman, Darren Lill and Reinhardt Janse Van Rensburg will also compete in the Team TT.
The relatively flat nature of the course will suit riders such as Thomson, Hoffman and Van Rensburg. Thomson, who won a stage at the Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia earlier this year, is a long breakaway specialist and coupled with Lill could provide for a thrilling result. Sprinters Hoffman and Van Rensburg have the ability to do damage in a sticky situation.
CyclingSA Road Director Hendrik Lemmer says: “We need to reclaim our number one status in Africa and this is the first step. Team South Africa needs to bring home at least 3 of the 5 gold medals on offer. We would like to show SASCOC that our riders are world class and it starts right here in Africa.”
South Africa’s Road Cycling Squad for 2011 All Africa Games:
Leandri Du Toit
Reinhardt Janse Van Rensburg
Team Manager: Barry Austin
Team Mechanic: Greg Botha