Nolan Hoffman won his 5th consecutive national title in the 15km Scratch Race today by beating team-mate David Maree and Ryan Gibbons (EuropecarSA) in an action packed event on Day 4 of the South African Track Championships.
Hoffman and Maree were part of a 4-man break away which escaped inside the first quarter of the race. As the quartet closed in to lap the peloton Maree put in two attacks and find some daylight as he closed in to lap the field. Hoffman was then the next to attack catching his team-mate as he latched onto the back of the peloton. Maree managed to fight onto the wheel of Hoffman and also gained the lap while Gibbons and Spies were left to fight it out for 3rd not being able to gain a lap on the field.
As the bunch wind up its sprint for 5th, Hoffman and Maree were pulled well clear of the two chasers with Hoffman getting the better of the ever aggressive Maree who had to settle for 2nd with Gibbons rounding out the podium.
With just one day of racing left to go, it has been a very successful campaign for The People's team having won 3 golds, 3 silvers & 2 bronze. Its been a great start for the team and their two new partners Valencia & ExpandaSign.
Dean Edwards - Team Principal
"It was a very exciting final 10 laps of the scratch race tonight. David put in some big attacks up front which seemed to be hurting The Hoff as his face was giving away some signs of fatigue. It was great to see David racing for the win and for a moment I thought he might just have had it but Nolan has again proved that he is a world class rider in this particular event and to have won it five times in a row is just remarkable. I really hope we can find the funding to get Nolan back onto the world track stage next year and have another crack at the World Champs in the Scratch with proper preparation, infrastructure and resources. Our dream of winning the worlds is still very much alive and I have full belief in him"