Director of the World Cycling Centre Africa, Jean-Pierre van Zyl, will be hosting a Track cycling Training camp from 10-27 March 2017, which will run parallel to the African Continental Track cycling Championships at the Cyril Geoghegan Velodrome in Durban from 20-24 March 2017.
The camp will focus specifically on the skills and rules of track cycling. “Many of these riders are great on the road but need to learn the skills and rules different types of events that come with track cycling,” Van Zyl said.
He said that most of the time during the course will be taken up by skills and practice sessions on the track, but also Watt Bike testing so that he and his team will be able to assess what events would suit each rider best.
He also mentioned that there will be close to 14 Nations taking part. Included in these riders from various nations around the continent, is 2016 Olympian Ebtissam Zayed from Egypt. “We are expecting to see great things, and I think that there will be quite a few surprises – especially from the women’s side,” he added.
Van Zyl anticipates a successful camp and Championships: “It’s going to be great. This definitely won’t be the last track training camp, we are slowly but surely getting more riders into the sport and hope to one day grow great champions.”
Heading to Durban on Tuesday 7 March a few days before the camp, Van Zyl is looking forward to a few weeks in the province. “There are going to be a great few weeks ahead. A huge thank you to the UCI (International Cycling Union) for sending 20 bikes for the Training Camp and supporting Track Development in Africa,” he concluded.
The competition will run from 20-23 March, with Friday 24 being a reserve day for races postponed or carried over.
Entrance for the public is free, and Cycling SA encourages those in and around KwaZulu-Natal to come and witness Africa’s finest Elite and Junior Men and Women competing.
For more information, click here: https://www.cyclingsa.com/2017-african-conti-track-champs/