Riders with a track background will have a definite advantage in the Jaco Rademeyer Estates Criterium Series that starts on Sunday at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.
“The circuit is extremely technical and dangerous,” says former track star André Burger (PE Club), who is hoping to defend the title he won at the same venue in January. He says the organisers have changed the circuit from the usual two-and-a-half kilometre loop to one of three kilometres boasting several sharp twists and turns.
“I’m nervous about the nature of the circuit. It is quite dangerous and I think it will call for an aggressive style of racing to stay out of trouble.
“However, my preparation has gone extremely well and I think my chances are as good as anyone’s to obtain a good result.”
Burger expects sprinting ace Mario Nell (Friendly City Cycling Club) to be his main rival in the first of the four legs. “He was third overall in January and with Wayne (Pheiffer) absent from the first race, I expect my main challenge to come from him.”
The series boasts R8 000 in prize money with R1 200 going to the overall winner. The event will take place over four consecutive Sundays starting at 8am. Each leg takes place over a distance of 60 kilometres plus one lap.
Registration is between 3pm and 4pm today (Saturday), or from 7am before each race, at the NMMU Sports Club House. Riders have to ride all four races to qualify for prize money.
For more information, contact Garth Botha at Action Cycles on 041 581 6499 or Theresa le Roux from the NMMU Cycling Club on 082 773 9892.
On behalf of:
Jaco Rademeyer Estates (JRE)