Youth Day Community Cycle Race Celebrated in De Doorns, Boland, Western Cape
Our first Community cycle race for 2018 celebrated Youth Day, and was held in De Doorns, Western Cape, with over 150 cyclists taking part in the 46 km and 15 km distances. We were so grateful to wake up to clear skies and sunshine on the morning of the event as there had been heavy rains and gushing winds the whole week prior to the event. The cyclists arrived with loads of energy and excitement to see their friends from other schools who are part of the development cycling programme, which is funded by Nedbank.
Julie Appels, who is the manager of the De Doorns Development Cycling programme and Eben Deerling, who is part of the elite cycling group were excited to share the beauty of their home town to their follow cyclists. The race started off with a high pace and the elite pack breaking away from the rest of the group. Vuyo Mavuya, our current top cyclist from Matthew Goniwe High School, broke away from the pack to take the lead for the rest of the race. The intensity was really high with 5 Elite cyclists speeding for the finish line. This event also saw the female cyclists performing well and growing stronger, which is of great encouragement to the rest of the ladies in the team, Chursty Simons from Ocean View High School and Jamie-Lee Abrahams from Beacon Hill were some of the top female finishers on the day.
Training as usual will happen with the elite riders doing the big Km’s every Sunday.
We are however embarking on a structured training plan that we will be launching on Saturday the 7th July. Our venue will be the 6,5km ladies mile TT crit which is aptly named as this will be the stomping ground of our Lady riders to improve their ability. We will be using these sessions also to bring our juniors new and old up to speed as well as all other riders that want to prove they are ready for the difficult Sunday rides with the senior team.
All the best to the cyclists training. Remember to obey the rules of the road.
Youth Festival held in Oudtshoorn
Three high-school road cyclists from Khayelitsha and Manenberg on the Cape Flats were are among the 50 high-school cyclists selected from schools throughout the Western Cape to participate in the Oudtshoorn Inter-District Youth Cycling Festival from 25 to 28 June. The Western Province squad will be selected from this group and announced on 28 June. The Sports Trust development cycling program entered cyclists, those were, Sisipho Willy (under 17) and Vuyolwethu Nkomo (under 19) are from Matthew Goniwe Memorial High in Khayeltisha, and Chadwin Andrews (under 19) is from Phoenix High in Manenberg. The three competed in Oudtshoorn for the first time last year and were selected to represent Western Province at the Nationals in 2017.
The Sports Trust Cycling Club Committee for 2018/2019
WP Winter league race at Killarney
Chadwin Andrews, Kyle Martin and Vuyolwethu Nkomo represented in the under 19 category. Sisipho Willy was on duty in the under 17's and Connor Solomon represented under 15. Our boys did well and laid the foundation for the seniors to show their metal. In Cat 3 Suroor Kamalie and Ebi Joseph ended in the bunch sprint with a 39km average around the 3.2km Killarney circuit over 45 minutes. Our captain Vuyo Mavuya finished in the sprint bunch after an hour with an average over 44km/h in Category one filled with many professional riders.
A tough undulating course filled with rollers and climbs and our team once again represented well. Suroor Kamal ie ended in the top 10 overall in the 38km race and Vuyo Mavuya emulating this in the longer 97km version of this race. Special mention to Ebrahim Joseph, Suroor Kamalie and Saudick Ajam who showed great spirit and perseverance joining the team during the 2 races that fell in their fasting period.
Next up was WP league race in Atlantis. Suroor Kamalie again raced to the line with the Cat 3 guys and Sam Patso and Ace Dlela did us proud in Cat 2 with Vuyo Mavuya representing in Cat 1. Our star of the day however was our under 19 WP represtative Vuyolwethu Nkomo who ascended the Podium in 3rd place.
It is fair to say that the team is enjoying their racing with much more to come. We will be present at Cyclosportif 4 next and a host of WP league races to follow.
Don't ride with headphones on. It can be extremely dangerous if you don't hear an emergency vehicle or other commotions behind you or off to the side.
The foundation of all your cycling training should be your long ride. Ideally, do a long ride weekly or fortnightly. The long ride will build your endurance and also make you more efficient at utilising fuel. 'Long' means anything longer than your typical daily ride — so anything from one hour upwards is recommended, depending on your fitness and goals. A long ride is also a great opportunity to explore new areas and visit new destinations.