TuksCycling ride NWU Extreme MTB
TuksCycling participated in the NWU Extreme mountain biking event, hosted in Potchefstroom, on the 4th of May. This is the first race in a three year project with the purpose of encouraging the racing of university students through the creation of intervarsity competitions. The club had four riders competing in this event: Andries Nigrini, Felix Manke, Kieran Mckenna and Paul Reitz. Felix Manke achieved a podium position and Keiran Mckenna placed within the top 10.
TuksCycling chairperson, Marinus van Sandwyk, reviewed the clubs performance: “Our riders performed well in unfamiliar conditions against a large field of NWU riders. I’m very impressed with the riders’ performance over the weekend.” The riders’ objective going into this event was to get a win or at the very least a podium position, which they accomplished. The race presented challenges for the four cyclists, with one cyclist being unable to complete the race due to crashing out and another withdrawing from the race as a result of illness. The training that goes into these events is both an individual and group effort for cyclists. Van Sandwyk discloses how training within the club is done: “Cycling has many different disciplines, so we have athletes that specialize in specific disciplines. We do have riders that participate in multiple disciplines and their training does vary slightly in terms of training length and intensity.”
TuksCycling has the following goals for their 2019 season: achieving podium positions at all events they participate in and growing the club for both professional and recreational athletes. Van Sandwyk explains the plan in place to accomplish this, “by providing benefits of joining the club, such as discounted rates on specific cycling products”. The cyclists have already started their training for the highlight of their competitive season, the USSA ,which is their priority event of the year and will be taking place in early July.