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"The course looks pretty challenging and it'll be hot and humid. Hopefully we can win back the jersey in the TT and retain the jersey in the road race. That would be a great result for us."

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10.02.2016 @ 11:31 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

The South African National Championships will take place from February 10 - 14 in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The elite time trial happens on Thursday 11 and the elite/u23 road race will be the final event on Sunday the 14th. 


Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will be out to defend the national road race champion's jersey that it has held for the last 3 years in succession and hopefully, also win the time trial title that Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) has held onto since 2013. It is always a special occasion to get the opportunity to race at 'home' and the African Team takes great pride in racing for the national jersey.


Thursday's 48km time trial will take place in Wartburg and the road race on Sunday will be run over a 170km route in Westville, much of the same parcours as in 2014 when the National Championships were first held here. The time trial route is undulating and certainly suits the capabilities of Impey to a 'T', making him the favourite for the title once again. The African Team will put up a stern fight in the race against the clock though as Johann van Zyl, Nicholas Dougall, Jaco Venter and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg are set to start. Van Zyl and Dougall have been developing their time trialling abilities over the past few seasons in Europe and are relishing the chance to start their first national championships for quite some time.


The road race will again be run over the course that saw Louis Meintjes (Lampre-Merida) dramatically beat Impey in the 2014 race. Both these riders will pose the biggest threat to the team on Sunday. The long uphill drag on the M13 will certainly start to take its toll as riders will have to complete the 17km circuit a total of 10 times. It will be less of a specialist for the course that is favourite to win and more a race where the strongest rider on the day should prevail. Dimension Data for Qhubeka will have 6 riders on the start line with the TT participants being joined by Songezo Jim and defending champion, Jacques Janse van Rensburg.


The National Championships will have further significance for the African Team as it will be the debut event for the continental team. The upcoming talents will be 5 riders strong at the championships, Jayde Julius, Keagan Girdlestone, Ryan Gibbons, Shameeg Salie and Stefan de Bod all racing, the U23 time trial and road race titles being the main focus for the Dimension Data Continental Team.


"The SA Champs are a race I am really looking forward to competing in. The course looks pretty challenging and it'll be hot and humid. Hopefully we can win back the jersey in the TT and retain the jersey in the road race. That would be a great result for us," Dougall said.



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