SA Road Champion Parsons prepares for Continental Track Champs


U19 Women’s Road Race Champion, Ashleigh Parsons, has been swamped with school and homework since her return from Egypt in February, but is determined to focus as hard on her training ahead of the 2017 African Continental Track Championships, which takes place at the Cyril Geoghegan Velodrome in Durban, from 20-24 March.

Parsons took part in a UCI Road Cycling Training Camp hosted by the World Cycling Centre Africa in Egypt, to arrive back just in time to take the u19 Women’s title (Junior) at the 2017 SA National Road Championships last month. “I’ve had so much to do and just am struggling to stay on top of it all, but I’ll get there,” she said.

When chatting about preparation for African Continental Track Championships, she said: “I’m lucky to have covered a lot of the ground work training for SA National Road Champs, so I’m just focusing on maintaining that and keeping form.”

Parsons will be training on the track a lot ahead of the championships, however, she has also gained a lot of time on the bike on the road as well after taking part in the Hot Chillee Cape Rouleur event. “With those races behind me, I will now be on the track 24/7,” she added.

The events on which Parsons will be focusing are the Scratch, Individual Pursuit, 1500m and Omnium events. “To be the African Continental Omnium Champion will be such an amazing honour for me,” she said. “This is a really big goal for me.”

The competition will run from 20-23 March, with Friday 24 being a reserve day for races postponed or carried over.

Entries for the event are closed. For more information, click here: African Continental Track Champs

Entrance for the public is free, and Cycling SA encourages those in and around KwaZulu-Natal to come and witness the fine spectacle of racing that is track cycling.