Cycling South Africa announces 17 rider team to represent South Africa at the UCI Road World Championships
Cycling South Africa have announced the National Road Cycling Team to participate in the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway, from 17 to 24 September.
The event will kick off with the Team Time Trial, where racers compete as part of their trade team, followed by the Individual Time Trial and the Road Races, where they will participate in their national colours.
The Time Trial is scheduled to take place in Bergen and surrounding areas, with the Men’s Elite race finishing atop Mount Fløyen, a brutal 3.4-kilometre climb with an average gradient of 9.1%. It will be the first time that a World Championship Time Trial finishes on top of a mountain.
The Road Races will start in Øygarden and riders and spectators alike will celebrate the Norwegian coastal culture. The highlight of the race is the climb up “Salmon Hill” towards Mount Ulriken.
Cycling South Africa Road Commission Director, Bosseau Boshoff, believes the course will suit Daryl Impey, “it is not a climber’s course, but more of a sprinter’s course. When speaking to Robbie Hunter, he explained that the finish is likely to see a big group sprint, as the climbs are not difficult enough to split the race open.” Boshoff also believes that CSA have selected a strong team, which can perform well on this course.
National Team for the 2017 UCI Road World Championships
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Stefan de Bod
Morne van Niekerk
Nadia van Niekerk
Heidi Dalton, Jaco Venter, Nicholas Dlamini, Stefan de Bod and Tiffany Keep have withdrawn from the team due to personal reasons.
Catch all of the action live on Supersport from Monday 18 September.