According to a press release issued by Cycling South Africa, the sporting body is extremely proud of the nine Olympians who represented our sporting code’s four of five major cycling disciplines in London (the fifth being Para-cycling).
With Cycling SA’s “Vision 2020” firmly in action, and with the first Olympic Games under the belt since the launch of this strategy and vision two years ago in 2010, the organisation has a very clear indication of the progress that has been made thus far.
“I speak on behalf of Cycling SA in saying that we are very impressed with the performances of each and every rider in London, and they all gave a good account of themselves,” said Cycling SA President William Newman. “There were positive, solid results from all the riders, and we have something to build on for Rio 2016. All the discipline directors have plans in place to achieve our Vision 2020 objectives.”
With the objective to double the amount of cyclists to qualify for the Rio Olympics in 2016, Cycling SA strives to continue supporting our national cyclists in international competition.
“Continuous international exposure will afford our cyclists an opportunity to achieve top results at World Cup and World Championship events, hence making the next Olympic qualification process a little less difficult,” continued Newman. “It is never going to be easy to qualify, but we will continue giving the cyclists the support they require.”
The festivities of the Olympic Games might be over, but for the Para-cycling discipline, the journey to the London 2012 Paralympics is about to begin.
How SA Performed at the 2012 Olympics:
Road Cycling: Daryl Impey finished with the main bunch in 40th place, 5:46:37 minutes behind the winner. Ashleigh Moolman and Joanna van de Winkel finished in the bunch 16th and 28th respectively. After a number of crashes and mechanicals, Robyn de Groot finished outside of the time limit.
Track: Bernard Esterhuizen fnished 11th in the Men’s individual sprint
Triathlon: Richard Murray finished 17th, just 2:50 behind the winner
BMX: After a roller-coaster ride the past four years Sifiso Nhalpo was placed in a “hot heat” and was eliminated after the quarter finals.
MTB: Candice Neethling finished 28th, 15 minutes behind gold.
SA’s best placed finisher, Burry Stander finished 5th, 30 seconds off gold and silver, but only four seconds off bronze. Philip Buys crashed in the opening metres and had to change a wheel, finishing in 35th place.