TEAM ABANTU, proudly boasts two members of it professional cycling team as part of the SA team selected for the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia from 26 February to 2 March 2014. Team principal Dean Edwards will manage his Team Abantu star, Nolan Hoffman along with SA Olympian and KZN athlete, Bernard Esterhuizen.
Both the OPEX (Operation Excellence) athletes have qualified for more than one event at the 2014 World Championships. With the upcoming Commonwealth Games top of mind, both Bernard Esterhuizen and Nolan Hoffman will have to deliver top-5 performances for an automatic qualification to the Games.
London 2012 Olympian, Esterhuizen, will compete in the 1km TT, of which he is a former Junior World Champion, and the Match Sprint events. 2012 World Championship 15km Scratch silver medallist, Hoffman, will compete in the 15km Scratch Race and the 30km Points Race after he qualified for the two events by competing in the three 2013/2014 UCI Track World Cup rounds from early November 2013.
Team manager Dean Edwards has reiterated that the objective for the riders is to race to win, and that there is a high level of expectation from the riders.
Edwards said: “Having spent 3 years as an Elite rider, we should start to see Bernard challenging for a medal in the 1km TT in the Elite ranks. It is a big step from Junior to Elite but he has matured and has been based in the US, which helps a lot as he receives world-class coaching on international standard facilities. I am expecting him to go top 5 in order to ensure he qualifies for the Commonwealth Games. The 1km TT will be Bernie’s main focus with the Sprint a secondary focus.”
Also as Hoffman’s Team Abantu team principal, Edwards said in a recent team press release: “With just 24 riders from around the world qualifying and eligible to start in the UCI World Championships, Hoffman’s inclusion is an achievement on its own. It was an important objective to get him into both the events and he gave of his best to qualify. It hasn’t been easy for him spending months travelling the world with minimal or sometimes no support staff, but he has put in the hard work and the results speak for themselves!”
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Supplied by: CyclingSA Press Release