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Juniors on Russian roll
- Updated: August 19, 2011
Team SA’s cyclists are currently picking up invaluable international experience at the UCI Juniors Track World Championships currently underway in Moscow.
More than 200 girls and boys are competing at the Krylatskoe Velodrome, a former Olympic track venue, in the competition that runs until Sunday.
The first goal for the SA Team was to ÔÇ£look, act and ride professionally during the Junior World Champs in 2011ÔÇØ and it was target reached when a sleek and professional looking South African junior track team participated in the Team Pursuit, taking heed of all they had learnt during their training camps and week-long final training session in Pietermaritzburg before departing to Russia.
The Track Commission’s goal of attaining a sub 4-minute 40-second in this discipline of track cycling was achieved; their time of 4:36.6 is the fastest that a South African team has achieved in 19 years. The SA record of 4:36.25 was set in 1992 and although this record stands for the moment, it will not be for too longÔÇª ┬áÔÇ£Marinus Prinsloo battled to get the wheel at the start but caught up in the second banking as usual ÔÇô this happens in all the practice sessions yet he is our strongest rider,ÔÇØ said National Director for Transformation and Development Roger Bouton.
The team’s change overs were smooth with gaps being kept to a minimum, at times a little off, but this aspect of teamwork will improve with training, experience and confidence. The one kilometre times were 1.09.84, 1.09.567, 1.10,223, and 1.07.046 consecutively.
ÔÇ£Comments from the South African spectators in Moscow were that the team appeared strong and are convinced that they could push harder in the Team Pursuit,ÔÇØ Bouton continued. ÔÇ£Had the lads known, I am sure they could have broken the SA record!ÔÇØ
Apparently they were cautioned by Dave (Street) to hold back with 2km to go, and opened up on the last kilometre. This was our goal ÔÇô to finish with four riders, look good and ride to our schedule. This the lads did.
ÔÇ£It is important to note that the current team consists of three first year juniors, whom have been able to perform so much better than we’ve been able to in the last 20 years. ┬áome was not built in a day, I am really proud of their time as we are addressing vision 2016 with the Team Pursuit one step at a time,ÔÇØ said Bouton.
Australia won the Team Pursuit, setting a new world record of 4.02.632, with Russia coming second and New Zealand third.
The Team Sprint saw South Africa finish in a time of 1:04.425 ÔÇô our expectation was set as a sub 1:05.00, with the three young men riding their first year in the junior age category. ┬áTheir splits were 24.617, 20,121 and a blistering 19.687 from Kellan Gouveris, the seventh fastest last lap.
Although placed at the end of the field, by next year these lads will be competitive, judging by the balance of the times.
ÔÇ£Nathan rode well in the Scratch Race, and only experienced trouble when his saddle came loose,ÔÇØ said an elated Bouton. ÔÇ£This had not happened in our training camp and unfortunately Nathan was called off with four laps remaining. ┬áIt’s great to report that he was in the bunch and looking comfortable ÔÇô a super effort, bad luck on the technical.ÔÇØ
SA Junior Track Team in Moscow:
Cuan Holland ÔÇô Team Sprint, Sprint, Keirin
Daniel Stroebel ÔÇô Team Pursuit, Points Race
Jac Jan Steyn ÔÇô Team Pursuit, Omnium
Kellan Goveris ÔÇô Team Sprint, Team Pursuit, Sprint, Keirin, Time Trial
Marinus Prinsloo ÔÇô Team Pursuit, Individual Pursuit
Nathan Cornelissen ÔÇô Scratch Race
Shane Pheiffer ÔÇô Team Sprint, (Reserve ÔÇô Sprint), (Reserve ÔÇô Keirin)
Tannah Robinson ÔÇô Scratch Race & Omnium
Coach/Manager: David Street
H.P./Coach/Mechanic: Ian Rodger