Nolan Hoffman shines again at All Africa Challenge

2012-04-28 00:00

DAY two of the CSA KZN All Africa Challenge at Alexandra Park again saw Nolan Hoffman put in a world-class effort at the SA National Track and Para Cycling Championships.

Hoffman continued where he left off on day one of the track champs with wins in both the Omnium 3 000 metre and 1 000 metre time-trial events and a third place in the 15 km scratch, which with his three victories on the opening day gave him his first title at this year’s competition.

“I’m really happy with the win and it’s great to have started the champs off with gold,” said Hoffman. “Going into competitions sometimes you’ve got to try force your dominance onto others and I’ve managed to do that over the past two days.”

Hoffman claimed his fourth win in as many starts in the six-leg elite men’s Omnium when he raced to victory in the Omnium 3 000 metre pursuit final early on the second day.

Pieter Seyffert and Oupa Makuleke enjoyed the limelight temporarily as they managed to break away from the pack with close on four kilometres to go and with the Omnium front runners playing cat and mouse, the pair were left to battle it out for the spoils that Seyffert claimed narrowly.

Hoffman came back strongly later in the day to claim victory in the 1 000 metre time trial final, giving him five firsts and a third in the six Omnium events.

Track legend Wayne Pheiffer fell while competing in his masters event and suffered nasty abrasions to his face, shoulders and chest as well as a suspected fractured collar bone.

The cycling hero, however, demanded that his son Brent stay at the track and compete in the elite men’s 1 500 metre final, and compete he most certainly did. Pheiffer set off at an incredible pace, laying down the gauntlet for the rest of the bunch.

No one, however, was prepared to follow Pheiffer except for crowd favourite Oupa Maluleke (Panda) who valiantly accepted the challenge and went after Pheiffer alone.

As the pair circulated and tired quickly the sprinters in the pack suddenly sprung into action with just over a lap to go. But it was too little too late, and against all odds Pheiffer claimed his first title of the champs while Maluleke managed to hang onto the silver medal ahead of Jean Smith (Intellibus).

In the elite women’s section Maroesjka Matthee claimed gold in the Sprint final with Tannah Robinson having to settle for second and Dalena Nel third.

The SA National BMX Championship got under way yesterday as riders took part in official practice.

More info can be found at www.cyclingsa.com

CSA KZN ALL AFRICA CHALLENGE SA NATIONAL TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS: DAY ONE

Elite Men

Omnium — Flying Lap Final: 1.Nolan Hoffman 14:06; 2.James Louter 14:26; 3.Jean Spies 14:51

Omnium — 30km Points Final: 1.Nolan Hoffman 68 points; 2.Evan Carstens 59 points; 3.Jean Spies 41 points

Omnium — Elimination Final: 1.Nolan Hoffman; 2.Evan Carstens; 3.James Louter

DAY TWO

Elite Men

Omnium — 3000m Pursuit Final: 1.Nolan Hoffman 04.53; 2.Jean Spies 04.58; 3.James Louter 05.01

Omnium — 15km Scratch Final: 1.Pieter Seyffert; 2.Oupa Maluleke; 3.Nolan Hoffman

Omnium — 1km Time Trial Final: 1.Nolan Hoffman

1500m Final: 1.Brent Pheiffer; 2.Oupa Maluleke; 3.Jean Smith

Elite Women Sprint final: 1.Maroesjka Matthee 13.25; 2.Tannah Robinson; 3.Ilze Bole

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