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SA trio for Colombia
- Updated: November 18, 2011
Team South Africa will be represented by three riders in the second UCI Track Cycling World Cup ÔÇ£ClassicÔÇØ to be held in Cali, Colombia from 1-3 December 2011.
The world’s best track cyclists will descend on the Colombian city, known as the Sport Capital, for the second round of the 2011-2012 Track World Cup Series. ┬áIt will be the 11th time that the Alcides Nieto Pati├▒o velodrome hosts the spectacular performance of track speed and endurance. This year’s first World Cup was held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Bernard Esterhuizen and Nolan Hoffman made up the SA team in Astana and they’ll be joined in Cali by Evan Carstens, representing South Africa in the various track disciplines of Keirin, Sprint, Omnium, Points and the Madison.
Following the first World Cup in Astana, Esterhuizen has maintained his training schedule, based at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle. ÔÇ£My training is still the same but the main thing that I am focusing on is being more aggressive during the race,ÔÇØ he said. Esterhuizen is looking forward to racing in Colombia after missing out last year due to being caught up in Spain, without a flight in good time to race.
Hoffman, who was content with his top 10 result in the sprint race at the Astana World Cup, his first international track race in two years, feels confident in bettering his results in Colombia. Hoffman will also race the Madison with Carstens.
Carstens is a new inclusion to the team. He has been focusing on both his endurance and sprint elements of training in the build up to this race. This will be his first trip to the velodrome in Cali: ÔÇ£I have not raced in Colombia before, but I have been trying to train in similar conditions.ÔÇØ
In speaking about the Madison race, in which he teams up with Hoffman, Carstens said: ÔÇ£This will be my first race with Nolan, and I am looking forward to the opportunity.ÔÇØ
Track Team for Cali World Cup:
Keirin/Sprint ÔÇô Bernard Esterhuizen
Omnium ÔÇô Nolan Hoffman
Points ÔÇô Evan Carstens
Madison ÔÇô Nolan Hoffman and Evan Carstens