The Oudtshoorn Youth Cycling Festival started off in the a chilly Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn at the Highgate Ostrich Show Farm on 25 June 2018 with more than 260 youth cyclists from the Eastern Cape, Cape Winelands, Cape Metropole and Eden competing.
The Oudtshoorn Youth Cycling Festival is an excellent an opportunity for the Provinces to identify talent, and assist with development and transformation goals.
Eden Cycling was honoured to have the Minister of Sport and Recreation of the Western Camp, MEC Anroux Marais and the Oudtshoorn Mayor, Colyn Sylvester welcoming the riders to Oudtshoorn and wishing them well for the racing ahead of them.
Day one of the four day Cycling Festival started off with the road races and the Team Time Trial. It was a perfect day for racing with no wind and a welcoming winter sun. The morning saw the the road races taking place with Cape Winelands taking a kleen sweep in the U/17 boys race.
In the Junior race Whayde Davids of Cape Winelands took the top spot, with Ryno Gerber from the Eastern Cape 2nd and Eden’s Morneal Esau 3rd. In the other road races the podium positions was evenly distributed among the participating regions.
The afternoon session was the team time trial where teams of 5 and 8 riders in an age category competed. In the qualifier, the teams had to have a girl finishing the time trial. In this event the Eastern Cape took the honours with a close competition in all the age categories.
On day 2 the Criterium will take place in Bridgton on the Aurial College circuit. With the road races being so close the criterium races will be very exciting.
Day 3 will see the racing at the Oudtshoorn Quad Club where the XCO will take place in the morning and the start of the MTB Oval Track racing. On Thursday morning, 28 June 2018 the racing will conclude with the MTB Oval Track racing and final Prize Giving.
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