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The UCI Track World Championships will be held in Berlin, Germany from the 26th of February to the 1st of March 2020. Normally this event is the most prestigious of the season but in an Olympic year it has to take second place behind the Olympic Games being held in Tokyo, Japan in August. Riders from nations all around the world have been competing for their places in Berlin, the last event in the grueling qualification process for the Olympics. South Africans, Jean Spies and Charlene Du Preez, have pushed through the last two years, on...read more
Jean Spies has just finished a tour of the world from Glasgow in the U.K. to Hong Kong and finally New Zealand, to compete in three UCI Track World Cup events in his quest earn much needed UCI points and to comply with the Olympic qualification criteria. The Glasgow World Cup was a tough event, as every country was represented and all were competing for the much sought after points. Jeans results were not up to his high standard so he re-grouped and moved his focus to the next World Cup in Hong Kong. Although he was battling illness, Spies...read more
This weekend the Track Cycling World Cup is being held in Glasgow (8-10 November). A top level field of athletes preparing for the Tokyo Olympics will ensure a high level of competition. Tickets are already sold out for what is guaranteed to be a spectacle of speed and ability. Jean Spies is competing in the at the event. He will participate in both the sprint and kierin events. Spies is current African Continental Champion and South Africa’s National Champion and is running his own campaign to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics next year. He...read more
Image credit : Natascha V.Chekannikova SA’s Top Track Duo Qualify for 2019/2020 UCI Track World Cup Season After a long hot week racing and training in Barcelona, Spain the latest UCI rankings show that both Jean Spies and Charlene Du Preez have achieved the required placings to allow them to race the 2019/2020 UCI World Cup Track season. This is a major milestone on their quest for final Tokyo Olympic qualification. To qualify for Tokyo riders must compete in at least three of the six upcoming World Cup events where they will hopefully gain...read more
Benedict “Bennie” Moqumo, one of South Africa’s most promising young track cyclists, has been offered a place at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) 2019 Track Identification Camp. This camp, which takes place at the UCI’s World Cycling Centre (WCC) Aigle, Switzerland, in mid October, assesses the skill and performance of young athletes. This could be career changing for Moqumo (20), who was born and raised in Soweto and has never been to Europe, as athletes who excel and meet the camps performance criteria could be asked return in 2020...read more
The latest UCI (Union Cycliste International) world rankings show Jean Spies to be ranked in 2nd in the world for the 1km time trial, (affectionally called the Kilo). Known as the race of truth, as it is the rider versus the clock for one kilometer. Spies admits he loves to hate it and hates to love it, but agrees it is one of his strongest events. Not only has his 1km TT improved in world rankings but Spies is also now ranked 15th and 28th in the kierin and sprint respectively. These results are a high after what has been a relatively low...read more
T-Town Trexlertown, or T-Town as it is known, is a small place in Pennsylvania, just two hours from bustling New York City. This little town has a big heart and is home to the Valley Preferred Cycling Center, the USA’s premier velodrome. The center will host a full month of UCI ranked track races starting the 31st of May and ending on the 28th of June. In this period there will be seven UCI ranked races, allowing Spies, the current African and South African track champion, to race twice in most weeks, in his chase for UCI points. An...read more