Marggraff to pedal for the Western Province endurance team
Namibian cyclist, Pascal Marggraff who participates in the exhilarating discipline of track cycling, recently qualified for the Western Province endurance team, and will participate at the inter-provincial event ‘Cape Town Grand Prix’ slated for 8 October.
This is a first for a local rider, as his selection was based on the results of a track cycling league event, and thus no further trials were necessary for his inclusion in the team.
According to Marggraaf, “I started to study engineering at the University of Stellenbosch last year, and with track cycling in the middle of September 2015, I was not able to train the long hours necessary to compete in the elite category in road cycling,” he said
“I then joined the Track Cycling South Africa club and took up training with my coach Jaco Scholtz,” he said.
He said that track cycling is, compared to road cycling but rather dangerous, due to the fact that the bicycles are single speeded, fixed geared and have no brakes.
“That is why the rules are very strict and I was only allowed to participate in races at the end of the year, when I proved experience with bike control on the velodrome,” he added.
Marggraaf said, every rider has to start in category C – the lowest of three categories and confidence and winning in a certain number of races allow riders to move up in the categories.
“In the first race in 2016 I was then allowed to move up to the B category, and I finished the first leg(consisting of 4 races)on second place. Since then I started to train seriously with the aim of competing in the inter-provincial race on 7 and 8 October, at the Bellville velodrome,” he added.
Marggraaf said he was finally permitted to race with the elites exactly one year after he had started with track cycling.
Meanwhile, in his last race he finished in 7th place in the 1500m sprint discipline, 4th in the 8km points race and a 3rd place in the 15km race. With these results he qualified for the Western Province endurance team which will participate in the inter-provincial races.