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A 19-strong national junior track cycling squad has been selected in the wake of CyclingSA’s highly successful Track Training Camp held in Cape Town recently.

The exercise proved successful in identifying talented young track cycling athletes, who will now be automatically included in the track training camps during the course of 2012.

The first camp kicks off at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Newlands, Cape Town, on Thursday 23 February until Sunday 26 February, whereafter there will be a skills camp until Tuesday 28 February. Most track endurance riders will then travel to Nelspruit for the SA Road Championships, where the selectors will be watching them closely.

The second camp for 2012 will be hosted at the Velodrome in Cape Town from Sunday 1 April until Saturday 7 April, and should be a perfect foundation for the SA Track Championships being staged from 26-30 April.

On conclusion of the SA Track Championships, the track selectors will select a reduced squad for the Junior World Track Championships, which will be held in Invercargill, New Zealand.

The third and final camp prior to departure for the Junior World Championships will be held from Sunday the 1st July until Saturday 14 July.

A new TID (Talent Identification) squad for 2013 will be chosen at an open training camp, which will once again be held in December, the proposed dates being the 9-16 December 2012.

National Junior Track Cycling Squad 2012:

Male Endurance
Craig Abrahams, Bronwyn Adams, Bradwin Daniels, Johan De Bod, Ryan Felgate, Kellan Gouveris, Charles Mathewson, Dirkie Nel, Ncongo (Lucky) Nhlanhla, Jevandre Pauls, Jac Jan Steyn, Daniel Stroebel, Mxenge (Thlane) Thulasizwe,  Tiaan Van Der Merwe

Female Endurance
Nicole Van Der Merwe

Male Sprint
Kellan Gouveris, Shane Phieffer, Brent Van Royen, Cuen Holland

The Track Commission and its selectors extended their congratulations to those selected into the squad.

According to CyclingSA’s National Director Transformation & Development Roger Bouton, tremendous potential was found in many attendees of the December Training Camp, yet they might be slightly younger and therefore less developed than some of the cyclists that have been selected. “Some of the youngsters from the outlying and rural areas really embraced the exercise with vigour, and just need a little more experience to step up their game in this discipline of cycling to be eligible for the squad system,” said Roger.

The selectors are watching the cyclists closely and any candidate whom is capable of meeting a set selection time may become eligible.

In line with the Talent Identification program, the second camp in Bellville will be open to second year under-16 cyclists, as well as first year juniors who would like to improve their skills.

Young cyclists are encouraged to work towards the underlying qualifying times:
Endurance qualifying is a flying 1000 metres in under 1min 12.00sec.
Sprint qualifying is a flying 100m in under six seconds.


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