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Track cycling camp now includes elite athletes

Cycling South Africa’s Coaching Commission has extended their scheduled track training camp to the Elite track athletes. The training camp takes place at the Bellville Velodrome near Cape Town from 9-16 December 2013.

Cycling SA’s Track Commission has placed focus on the Team Pursuit and Team Sprint events, rather than on individual events, to keep in line with the organisation’s 2016/2020 vision. This will allow for the inclusion of a team of cyclists who will then be nominated to ride in the individual events.

On 31 May 2013, the Track Commission announced a track cycling squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games that will be held in Glasgow, Scotland from 23 July to 3 August 2014. Now known as the ÔÇ£Shadow SquadÔÇØ, the Track Commission’s vision is to improve the standard of young talented track cyclists thereby deepening the talent pool when it comes to team selection.

In line with this vision, the feeder squad has changed a little from the Cycling SA Track Commission’s original announcement on 31 May, and now stands in alphabetical order as follows:

Men’s Track Endurance:
Brandon Christians, Bronwin Adams, Craig Symons, Dirkie Nel, Evan Carstens, James Perry, Jean Spies, Jevandre Pauls, Kellan Gouveris, Marco Abrahams, Morne van Niekerk, Nolan Hoffman, Oupa Maluleke, Reniell Matthysen, Shameeg Salie, Shaun Ward, Theuns van der Bank

Men’s Track Sprint:
Bernard Esterhuizen, Jeann├® Nell, Jean Smith, Kyle Borchjes, Matthew de Freitas

Women’s Track Endurance:
Maroejska Matthee

Attendance at the camp, which is being hosted from 9-16 December, is imperative for continued inclusion in the Commonwealth Games squad. The camp also serves as the basis for National Team selection for the proposed upcoming Tri-Nations in March, with a second camp scheduled from 11-19 January 2014.

Any athlete, male or female, has the right to challenge for inclusion into the feeder squad at the upcoming track training camp.

The cost to attend the track training camp, which will be held at the Bellville Velodrome, is R900 per cyclist, payable in advance. This will cover each athlete’s accommodation and food. Elite athletes not staying at the Bellville Velodrome will not be levied a fee, but must confirm their attendance.

Picture: Roger Bouton