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A mountain of experience was gained when the fledgling South African junior track team participated in the recent UCI Juniors Track World Championships that took place in Moscow, Russia from 17-21 August 2011.

The team have come away from the world championships with many positives, especially in the Team Pursuit, which posted a disappointing result ÔÇô the team have knowledge that they can record a faster time.

With Jac-Jan Steyn dealing with increasingly severe back pain, he managed to block out the pain and recorded an impressive 1500 watts off the line. The team is capable of very close to a 4min 30sec on their current fitness, with perfect execution.

Many of the teams, even from the experienced nations had their own learning curves, and the South African team has gained a wealth of experience with many positives to take home and build on. Word from the coach is the expected SA record on a similarly fast track will go under 4.30 next season.

The Team Sprint discipline was nailed, and quoted as a ÔÇ£perfect executionÔÇØ by the coach Ian Rodger. The start was great, they kept tight formation, put in a solid performance all the way, changed perfectly, and delivered the best time that they could have for their current fitness.


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