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SA track series comes to a climax in Turffontein

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The Cycling SA Track Interprovincial and Grand Prix Series culminates with the third and final event at the Hector Norris Park cycle track in Turffontein, Gauteng, on 21-22 November and is set to present a thrilling two days of racing.
With the series in place to provide track cyclists with some top-class events to test their competitive edge against their peers, the Interprov will see South Africa’s top track specialists from each province battle it out for the honours in the team sprint, team pursuit, 1500-metres and the elimination.
The Interprov currently has five provinces competing with the recent inclusion of Eastern Cape, who attended the second round in Bellville early in November. Western Cape holds a substantial lead in the series with Gauteng in second place. With Free State having competed in the previous two events, they are in third place; and KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape will battle it our for fourth as each has missed a round of the series.
In the Veterans class, the Gauteng team has the lead over Western Cape, with KZN and Eastern Cape in a battle for third place.
Competitors in the Grand Prix will compete as individuals in the Sprint, Keirin, Elimination, 1500m, Points races and Madison. Sprint sensations Jean Smith and Matthew de Freitas will give it their all in the open class against acclaimed veterans like Tim Abbott and Grenville Scullard, as well as impressive junior rider Mitch Sparrow. Sparrow, who will be attending despite being in the middle of his exams, has shown a lot of promise, which bodes well for the future of South African track cycling.
Event organiser, Angela Scullard, says that the Madison event will be one of the main attractions in the Grand Prix. ‘It will be our last event for the day and always promises great entertainment. It will be an open race, so the juniors, elites and vets will be competing together.’
Scullard also anticipates the exciting new younger riders, which will be in attendance from KZN and Eastern Cape. ‘They are doing so well with their development programmes for their kids in track cycling in those provinces. It is wonderful to see the youngblood of the sport coming through and it is a sign of a bright future for track cycling.’
The final round of the Interprov and Grand Prix Series for 2015 will also host a memorial event for the 50+ category in memory of the late Bart Nel. Nel, a prominent member of the track cycling community, lost his life during a training ride on the morning of 3 November.
In the interest of welcoming newcomers to track cycling, a Transition Category will be run for riders who have completed a number of sessions with the VWE Track Academy in Gauteng. Those riders from other provinces or regions must present a letter from their Track Commissioner confirming competency.

Photo credit: Owen Lloyd/Team Intellibus


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