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SA juniors to get vital European experience

A group of young South African road cyclists has been selected to participate in UCI road cycling events as well as a UCI Junior Nations’ Cup race taking place in Europe from June to August.

Racing at these UCI events against young European cyclists provides South African talent with vital experience in this cutthroat competition. These riders earn valuable UCI points, which assist in improving South Africa’s nation ranking and hence the chance to increase the number of entries for the junior road cycling world championships later in the year.

Road cycling director Hendrik Wagener says that UCI events like these are very important and offer a valuable learning experience for our young cyclists. ÔÇ£We haven’t been able to send a junior team in the past three years, but this step is a vital part of racing preparation and we are striving to send a small team every year going forward. All of these four races that the team will be competing in carry UCI points.ÔÇØ

The cyclists will be testing their skill, strength and stamina against the best that Europe has to offer, and will take part in three tours and one one-day race whilst abroad, one of them a UCI Junior Nations’ Cup.

Acht van Bladel: 21-23 June 2013
Juandre van Aswegan, Ryan Felgate, Marcelle Coetzer, Chris Jooste (Jnr)

Pr├®selectie St. Martinus Prijs Kontich: 5-8 July 2013
Felgate, Ivan Venter, Kent Main, Coetzer, Stefan de Bod, Jooste (Jnr), Van Aswegan ÔÇô reserve

Ronde van Vlaanderen Juniores ÔÇô Tour des Flandres Juniors (UCI Cat 1.1): 28 July 2013
Felgate, Venter, Main, Coetzer, De Bod, Jooste (Jnr), Van Aswegan ÔÇô reserve

Trofee Centre Morbihan (Junior Nations’ Cup): 2-5 August 2013
Felgate, Venter, Main, Coetzer, De Bod, Jooste (Jnr), Van Aswegan ÔÇô reserve

Team Managers: Jill Bezuidenhout, George Stroebel (Jnr)

Felgate, Venter and Main are currently campaigning in Europe and will be joined by De Bod, Coetzer, Van Aswegan and Jooste (Jnr), who departed from South Africa this week.

Current SA junior road champion Jevandre Pauls, as well as Morne van Niekerk and Joshua Buchel are in the run for the Junior World Championships later this year, but cannot attend this tour due to their Junior Track World Champs commitments.

Four under-16 cyclists will also be touring in Europe: Raymond van der Walt (Current SA U/16 road Champion), Waylin Young (Current U/16 SA TT silver medalist), Stefan van Strijp and Ame Venter, who represents the under-16 girls’ category.