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Esterhuizen and Hoffman to race at World Championships
- Updated: February 13, 2013
Olympian Bernard Esterhuizen and World Championships silver medallist Nolan Hoffman will fly the flag for Team South Africa at the 2013 UCI track cycling world championships in Minsk, Belarus next week.
Esterhuizen is showing great form after recently smashing his own national 200-metre sprint record at a UCI World Cup event in Mexico. The 10-year old Durbanite is the first South African rider to have broken the magical 10-second barrier, and has shown a new level of confidence since recently joining his new coach Andy Sparks in Spain in December.
Joining him on the team is 2012 world champion silver medallist Nolan Hoffman. Hoffman’s standout performance was in the 15-kilometre scratch race at the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Champs in Australia in April last year. The unbelievable amount of ground he covered with his explosive pace during the final half lap placed him in strong contention for a podium position, and his final lunge put him in an incredible second place by a mere half a wheel.
Between Esterhuizen from Durban and the 27-year old Hoffman, originally from Franschhoek and now living in Johannesburg, South Africa will be well represented in both the endurance and sprint disciplines of track cycling.
The historical country of Belarus is preparing to host the prestigious track cycling world championships. The velodrome with a modern track was built within the Minsk Arena sports centre, and has already played host to other prestigious events such as the European Track Cycling Championships in 2009.
The team, under the management of George Cornelissen, will get together in Belarus on Sunday.