Modern Athlete Magazine Issue 87, October 2016 - Page 46

ProQuest 2016 Schools MTB Interprovincials ProQuest Primary School MTB Short Course WATCH THE ACTION Making the Riding Headlines STYLE YOUR RIDE SA NATIONAL ROAD TEAM ANNOUNCED Cycling South Africa (CSA) has announced the National Team ahead of the 2016 UCI Road World Championships, set to take place in Doha, Qatar from 9 to 16 October. Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg will spearhead the men’s elite team, accompanied by Jaco Venter and Clint Hendricks, while young South African talent Stefan de Bod will compete in the men’s under-23 category. Ashleigh MoolmanPasio comes in fresh off the Olympic Games and will lead the women’s elite team of Heidi Dalton, Anriette Schoeman and Samantha Sanders. This is the first year that CSA will be sending a large women’s team to the World Champs, which are being held in the Middle East for the first time. The latest in Gear, Trends and Accessories RACE YOUR PULSE ProQuest Watt Challenge Powered by CycleOps – Measure yourself against the Professionals Annemiek Makes Rapid Comeback Dutch road cyclist Annemiek Van Vleuten made a huge comeback to racing in the Lotto Belgium Tour on 6 September. Racing for Orica-AIS, she placed first in the Prologue, clocking an average speed of 48.6km per hour. The world looked on in horror when she crashed while leading the women’s road race at the Rio Olympics in August, flying over her handlebars while cornering on a steep descent and hitting the curb with what looked like her neck. The crash left her with a severe concussion and three fractures in her lower back, but less than a month later she had made a very speedy recovery and was back on the bike. The Cycling Funfair for Everyone JOSE HANGS UP HIS CLEATS St Stithians College Johannesburg 21 – 23 October 2016 Images: Courtesy riders Having been a regular visitor to South African shores to race the Cape Epic, local cycling fans will be saddened to hear that Spanish cyclist Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos has retired from cross country racing. He received a great send-off at the Val di Sole Cross Country Race in Italy to celebrate his 20-year career in the sport, with a tunnel of bike tyres created for the 38-year-old as he rode the final leg of the race after announcing his retirement. Jose won many titles and medals in his career, including a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, but local fans will remember him best for his comedic commentary after each stage of the ISSUE OCTOBER 2016 / www.modernathlete.co.za 46 Epic, which had 87 spectators and fellow riders alike in stitches. africacyclefair.com BUY 1 GET 1 FREE TICKETS @ Use promo code PROTOUCH162 BOOK ONLINE PAY IN STORE