Quality cycling in interprovincial championship this week

2015-11-03 06:00

Cycling enthusiasts can look forward to four days of top racing with this year’s SA Omnium Track Championship, an interprovincial and Grand Prix event at Africa’s largest indoor cycling complex, the Bellville Velodrome, from tomorrow to Sunday.

The Pedal Power Association (PPA) extended a helping hand to Western Cape Cycling by coming on board as sponsor for the championship, following an urgent plea for funding help in the lead-up to the event.

Some 150 cyclists are expected to participate, including regional teams from Gauteng, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, as well as a large turnout of local riders.

“Western Cape Cycling is delighted that the Pedal Power Association has stepped up as the primary sponsor of the Omnium,” says Corné Bence, chairperson of Western Cape Cycling.

The Western Province Cycling Association, regional body for cycling in Cape Town and organiser of the track championship, sees the PPA as a key partner in developing cycling in the region.

“The PPA is committed to promote cycling and the interests of cyclists,” says PPA chairperson Steve Hayward.

“Although a large portion of our focus lies with recreational cycling and cycling advocacy, we are really happy that we can assist competitive cyclists in this way,” he adds.

“We wish Western Cape Cycling success with the Omnium and championship and look forward to seeing some great racing on the track.”

An omnium consists of multiple races. The omnium was reintroduced into the World Championship as a five-race format for men in 2007 and for women in 2009.

In 2010 the omnium was changed by the UCI to include an elimination race while the distances of the events were lengthened to favour endurance cyclists.

Since last year, the omnium consists of the scratch race, individual pursuit, elimination race, time trial, flying lap and points race.

Participants receive points for each event, with the winner of the omnium being the rider with the highest total number of points at the end of the whole championship.

Track events have recently attracted more than the usual road riders, who see it as an opportunity to improve their form.

Spectators are welcome to attend any of the races and entrance is free.

For more information visit www.wp­cycling.com/event-calender or contact Christhonie Geldenhuys on 082 671 4099.

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