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Bernard on track for Delhi

By Mark Etheridge

Our track cycling star of the future is showing a mean streak ahead of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi next month.

Bernard Esterhuizen burst onto the world scene in Italy last month when he won the one-kilometre time trial in fine fashion at the UCI Junior World Championships.

He was rewarded with inclusion to Team South Africa for the Commonwealth Games in India and if his training this week is anything to go by he’s right on track.

“I snapped my carbon sprint bars in training on Wednesday,” said Esterhuizen. “It was my third breakage this week, so things are looking good power wise.”

The Durban dynamo clocked 1min 03.265sec to win the TT in Italy and judging by his form he could well go quicker in India.

“I’m not sure what my chances will be. All that I am aiming for is a perfect ride and maybe a new personal record.

“The fact that I broke three bars this week just means that my core and upper body has gotten stronger. But I do feel quite powerful at the moment.

“The build-up is going well and my legs feel back to normal maybe even a little bit better than before junior worlds.”

Esterhuizen will not be concentrating solely on the 1km TT. “I’m also doing the keirin and sprint but obviously the kilo is the main event.”

The rising star celebrates his 18th birthday on October 4, the day after the Games open. What better way to celebrate than by bringing back a gold medal present for Team SA?