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Team SA named for Continental Cycling Championships
- Updated: October 12, 2012
A strong team of 16 riders will represent Team South Africa at the African Continental cycling championships to be held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 7-11 November.
Fresh from her impressive performance at the UCI Road World Championships in the Netherlands, where she finished in 12th place, Olympian Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio will look to continue her good form in the West African country. Although favouring the mountainous stages, Moolman-Pasio will be tackling the flat route with a strong team consisting of Lise Olivier, An-Li Pretorius and Leandri Du Toit.
The competitive men’s team features riders that have had a great season on the international circuit. Amongst them, Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg, who currently holds third place in the UCI Africa Tour rankings. As a sprinter, Reinardt and fellow sprinter Jay Thomson will work hard to bring South Africa home first should the race end in a bunch sprint.
This will be the first time that the Junior Men category will be represented at an African Continental Championship event, making this the biggest team that South Africa has sent to the Championships. Cycling South Africa is confident that the team will deliver the goods and make South Africa the number one cycling team on the continent.
Subsequent to the team announcement, Nico Thiart will not be able to attend the African Continental Championships and Ryan Felgate will replace him.
The team is as follows:
Elite Men: Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Jay Thomson, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Jaco Venter
Reserves: Tyler Day, Herman Fouche
Under-23 Men: Avery Arendse, Clint Hendriks, Songezo Jim, Willie Smit
Reserves: HB Kruger, Calvin Beneke
Junior Men: Jevandre Pauls, Ryan Gibbons, Nicol Germishuizen, Nico Thiart
Reserves: Ryan Felgate, Oliver Stapleton Cotton
Elite Women: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Lise Olivier, An-Li Pretorius, Leandri du Toit
Management: George Cornelissen (manager), Robert Thomas (assistant manager), Christo Roos (mechanic)