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Bernard seeks speed

By Mark Etheridge

Former world junior time trial cycling champion and Olympic hopeful, Bernard Esterhuizen has wrapped up his World Cup campaign in London ÔÇô next step is World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

Swiss-based Esterhuizen, 20, hasn’t enjoyed the best World Cup series but isn’t allowing himself to be upset.

He rode three events in the fourth and final World Cup event in London, the one-kilometre time trial, the sprint and the keirin.

His best result was a 10th spot in the 1km time trial where he clocked 1min 04.486sec, compared to winner Stefan Nimke of Germany’s 1:01.211.

In the sprint he ended 28th of 56 entries and in the keirin was 25th of 30 finishers. Both of these races were won by the legendary Sir Chris Hoy, still super competitive at 36 years of age.

“I felt strong coming into the World Cup but I think that I was lacking speed,” Esterhuizen told Road to London 2012 on Thursday. “Also tactically I didn’t ride good. All I can do now is train up for the World Champs and hope to be at my best.

“At the moment I have a rest week and I know that next week will be a hard week of training,” said the KwaZulu-Natalian youngster.

Another South African, James Louter, was also in action in the World Cup event, placing 25th in the points race.

The World Championships in Melbourne will be contested between 4-8 March.


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