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Strong finish for Bernard
- Updated: December 2, 2011
By Mark Etheridge
Swiss based track star Bernard Esterhuizen raced to eighth spot in the final of the one-kilometre time trial at Thursday’s UCI World Cup in Cali, Colombia
Still a teenager at 19 years of age, the Durban youngster scorched to a time of 1min 02.861sec.
That may have been some way off gold medallist Francois Pervis’ winning ride of 1:00.075 but it’s still a personal best for Esterhuizen as well as a South African record.
“Not bad.. did a 1.02.8 kilo and thats without training for it and no crazy haircut. National record I think,” said Esterhuizen on his Twitter feed shortly after the race.
Esterhuizen also had a top 10 finish at the first World Cup event of the year in Astana, Kazhakstan a few weeks back.
Two other South Africans are taking part in Cali, Nolan Hoffman and Evan Carstens.
Esterhuizen is a prodigious young talent, and confirmed that last year when he won the time trial at the UCI World Junior championships in Italy. As a frame of reference, his winning time on that occasion was 1:03.265 which show how much he has improved since then.