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Weber has big plans down the road
- Updated: January 29, 2010
Triathlon SA High Performance manager Emma Swanwick has described Wikus Weber as ÔÇ£one of South Africa’s most talented triathletesÔÇØ after having watched him in a few race late last year and then undergo a battery of tests at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria early in January.
Swanwick will no doubt be glad then that the Under-23 Africa Champion is looking at 2010 to build ITU points and get into the big races for 2011 rather than trying to make it all happen this year.
ÔÇ£I want to do a number of the World Cup Races this year so I can amass points to build up my ITU ranking and then in 2011 hit the World Championship Series,” says Weber.
The ITU introduced the World Championship Series in 2009 with huge amounts of prize money. The World Cup Races enable athletes who are not yet right at the top of their game to compete against each other and gather points to get entry into the World Championship Series.
Weber will be spending some time in France in June and July, racing two races in the French League. The League is not the easiest to get into, so for him to be invited to compete in two races is a huge achievement. ÔÇ£I would have loved to have raced the whole French League, but it is so difficult to get a spot that for me to be able to race in two races for them is a huge achievement. But whilst I am in Europe I want to race in a few World Cup races. Definitely on the cards is the Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup in Hungary in August. That was where I did my first World Cup so I am quite keen to race there again.ÔÇØ
Like most of the top triathletes in the country Wikus has set his sights on the South African championships on 21 March, but he will be racing in the Johannesburg Triathlon Series as well as the 11 Global in Cape Town on 28 February. ÔÇ£The South African championships are important as they are part of the selection criteria for the High Performance Group.ÔÇØ
Internationally, other than the World Cup races he set his sights on, Wikus is also looking to book his place on the team to the World Student Games which are in Valencia in Spain on 29-30 May 29.
Wikus’s year will end with the Energade Series, where he hopes that he and his BSG team-mates will once again give a good showing of themselves.