Overcoming Obstacles and Adversity – Spies Heads to the USA
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 influx of riders from other countries makes it look promising for strong competition and good, hard racing.
Spies has had a tough last few weeks, battling theft of his bicycle and having to recover from surgery, he admits the form is a little behind. But this opportunity to race consistently and train in a “cycling” specific environment will provide a good basis in which he can continue to race for the rest of the year.
Excited to be able to race, Spies explained it has been a process to put together the new bicycle. “Donations into the Go Fund Me page, allowed me to purchase new handlebars, stem and crankset, for which I am very grateful. Further small donations allowed me buy a second hand Avanti Bicycle, from a fellow international sprinter. I am humbled and grateful for the support shown to me during this difficult time.”
The kierin is the first race for Spies on his new speed monster. “I am really happy and excited to be here and to be able to race. It has been a tough journey but that is part of life.” said Spies. “I am lucky to have special people in my life, who believe in my dream and support it 100%. They know who they are, and now we race on!!” said Spies.
Spies has a busy season ahead but still requires assistance for funding, if you would like to become part of his journey please go to: https://clickndonate.com/spies-project-road-to-tokyo-2020-olympics-goal-2-000-000/ and donate, every little bit goes a long way.