National cycling stars are expected to be part of the more than 170 riders taking part in the KZN Provincial Track Cycling Championships at Sax Young Cycle Track in Pietermaritzburg this weekend.
The event starts on Saturday and concludes on Sunday at the venue in Alexandra Park.
KZN Cycling’s chief operating officer, Alec Lenferna, told The Witness that the event will be run under strict Covid-19 protocols.
Lenferna confirmed that cyclists such as James Swart, Travis Stedman, Thabiso Zindela, Frances Janse van Rensburg, Maritzburg’s duo of Ainsli de Beer and Courtney Smith, who have all been selected for national duty before, will be at the Sax Young Cycle Track.
“James was part of the South African team that recently competed at the African Continental Track Championships in Cairo and he won six gold medals out of the six junior events that he entered,” said Lenferna.
“Janse van Rensburg recently dominated at the road championships and walked away with six medals, five golds and silvers,” he said.
“Thabiso Zindela, one of the development riders, was also supposed to go to Egypt but his passport was not sorted out in time and he missed out,” Lenferna added.
With Covid-19 having resulted in the suspension of sports for most of last year, it was expected that a lot of athletes will jump at any opportunity to compete again.
“A Covid–19 Compliance Officer course was held with at least 30 people attending and these people have been used at various cycling events as well as at events staged by other federations,” he said.
Lenferna added that the event will also see riders from the Elite Athlete Development Programme such as Chloe Bateson, Tiffany Keep, Henry Liebenberg, Thabiso Shange and Unathi Nxumalo.
The events will start at 8 am and finish at 4.30 pm on both days.