Good year for Western Cape Cycling with many highlights

Western Cape Cycling had a fantastic year and was one of the first sport codes to get back to action after receiving the green light to do so after Lockdown.

Corne Bence, president of Western Cape Cycling, said it was a blessing that their sport was one of the first to be allowed to start hosting competitions again. It was a highlight and we made sure we adhered to the rules and regulations regarding Covid-19.

I was particularly glad that we could accommodate the event organisers and that they could earn a living again and deliver a service to us.

We could do our work and for that we are thankful. We went out of our way with the event organisers to ensure we could present meetings. So, I am happy with what we could achieve. Cycling SA supported us in a big way, particularly with the proposals to the government in conjunction with the other provinces.

What was encouraging is that we could have our Western Cape Championships in all our disciplines – BMX, track, road, and mountain biking. The road champs happened in January already and we are grateful for that.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel next year’s road championship that we had planned for 9 and 10 January in Velddrif. The municipality was of the opinion that we could have a problem in that we could possibly have more than 250 people there.

We are, however, investigating the possibility of having it simultaneously with the South African Road Championship, which is happening in the first week in February in Swellendam in the Overberg District. We are thinking of trying that out as a trial run.

Western Cape provincial colours were also awarded to the cyclists who achieved podium places in the various disciplines at their respective national championships.

On 19 September, the Paarl 6 Meeting took place at the Faure Stadium in Paarl without spectators. This international meeting normally takes place over six days but this year it was a one-day meeting.

Sad news is that the traditional Boxing Day meeting had to be cancelled. That is a definitely disappointment, as it is the highlight of the year’s track cycling and it draws the biggest crowd in the country.

But I am glad to say that the national track championships will be taking place in Pietermaritzburg starting on 25 January and we have selected a full Western Cape team. We are just waiting on confirmation regarding the availability of the riders.

We could complete our league season and that helped our riders to stay sharp. In that regard I want to thank Nigel Isaacs and Glen Bonthuys for the hard work they have put in to keep our riders safe on the track.

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