Spies Given the Green Light to Return to UCI World Cycling Centre
Jean Spies has been given the all clear to return to the UCI World Cycling Centre in Switzerland, to resume preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games now being held in July 23rd– 8th August 2021.
For the last four months, the 30-year-old South African, Spies, has been living and training in the UK, as the airspace to South Africa and the World Cycling Center were both closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Using a home gym setup and Le Mond (indoor) trainer, Spies continued with his training as best he could, while waiting for the all clear to return to Switzerland.
“I am excited to be able to start training again on the track. I have missed it!” said Spies showing excitement as arrangements were being made for his return. “There is still some uncertainty as to how this process will work as we live in crazy times. The UCI World Cycling Centre is however happy to welcome the athletes back.” Spies explained.
Jean Spies has been chasing this Olympic Dream for nearly four years. The delay has meant he will need to keep persevering in all aspects of his training, as well as facing the challenges of raising the funds to be at the UCI World Cycling Centre. (Click this link to donate to his fundraising page.)
“I know this is the best place for me to do my preparation for the Olympic Games. We are yet to have final confirmation of RSA team selection, but I am going to do the best preparation I can, so I can do myself, my family and my country proud.” said Spies.
Spies is current South African National and African Champion, in the Sprint, Kierin and 1km Time Trial; as well has a top 15 world ranking in the 1km time trial.