SA’S TOP TRACK DUO QUALIFY FOR UCI TRACK WORLD CUP SEASON
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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 the points needed to meet the Olympic qualifying criteria.
The World Cup season is made up of six international races, Minsk 1- 3 November, Glasgow 8 -10 November, Hong Kong 29th November – 1st December, Cambridge 6th – 8th December, Australia 13th – 15th December, Milton 24th – 26th January 2020.
Both Spies and Du Preez needed a top 45 ranking for the sprint and a Top 36 ranking for the keirin. This was a challenge a year ago but both riders have gradually established themselves and moved up the rankings.
Current UCI World rankings:
Jean Spies- keirin – 23rd
Charlene Du Preez – keirin – 26th
Jean Spies – sprint – 35th
Charlene Du Preez – sprint – 29th
After a frantic early couple of months, marred by back luck and miss fortune, Spies has turned his season around to make sure he qualified for the World Cups. ” I am really happy. It has been a tough year, so make to the quota is a relief, as it is a really important step in the Olympic qualification criteria.” Said Spies smiling. ” I am really grateful and humbled by the support I have received from everyone, especially when my bike was stolen. This shows that with support anything can be achieved.” Spies said.
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Charlene Du Preez has been quietly chasing UCI points to all over Europe and UK and like Spies has shown through hard work and dedication you can achieve the goals you set. “I am very pleased to say that everything is “on track” with a secured allocation for sprint and kierin in the 2019/2020 season World Cups. I must also thank everyone for their support so far on this journey.” said Du Preez.