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Skizo, Nolan in PMB
- Updated: April 20, 2012
Olympic Games hopeful Sifiso “Skizo” Nhlapo and world track silver medallist Nolan Hoffman will be just two of our top cyclists in action at the CSA KZN All Africa Challenge in Pietermaritzburg next weekend.
The event will be made up of the SA National Track & Para Cycling Championships, SA National BMX Championships and the CSA KZN All Africa MTB Challenge, making for six days of all action pedal power.
In a bid to return to the form he took with him to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and having suffered a severe knee injury over a year ago Nhlapo (MTN Cycling) has been putting in endless hours in training recently.
After an improved performance at last weekend’s UCI BMX Supercross in Norway he will be hoping for another good effort in the ABA Nationals in USA this weekend before putting in a solid charge at next weekend’s Nationals.
South Africa’s top BMX rider will have his work cut out for him though as the likes of Kyle Dodd and Dean Holdstock look to capitalise on the great form they have shown in recent weeks and put in a strong bid for the highly sought after national title. Such is the nature of the qualifying progress that it’s looking increasingly likely that Nhlapo will have to make the podium at the World Championships in Birmingham in order to qualify for the Games.
Maritzburg’s Mother of BMX and self-proclaimed ‘fastest old bat in the world’ Sharlene McGilvray will also be in action next weekend as the former 45+ women’s cruiser world champ looks to put in a strong performance despite having spent the majority of her time on her single speed mountain bike recently.
It will be a tough few days for Hoffmann however as he looks to give it his all at the SA National Track Championships as well as attempt to successfully defend his crown at the aQuell├® Tour Durban, presented by Spur, which takes place next Sunday.
ÔÇ£These legs know how to take a beating,ÔÇØ chuckled the Franschhoek-born Hoffman, who took silver in the scratch event at the Melbourne World Championships. ÔÇ£I have been on plenty of tours before and I think I have become a seasoned pro.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£You can’t think too far ahead, you just have to concentrate on the race ahead of you and try not worry about the next day.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£The SA track champs is a big priority for me and I want to be able to defend titles in the Omnium, Scratch, Madison and Points, so I will be going all out in Pietermaritzburg.ÔÇØ
Hoffmann will however have to see off strong challenges from the likes of Bernard Esterhuizen who has also been working hard in recent months. Esterhuizen has already qualified on two occasions for the London Games
Not being a national championship event the CSA KZN All Africa MTB Challenge will allow many of the country’s MTB community to get a taste for events such as enduro and the cross country eliminator however there is still sizeable prizemoney up for grabs with R25000 on offer split over the various events and age group winners.