Cape Town - One
of South Africa’s most experienced cyclists, Waylon Woolcock, has set his
sights on overall victory in the three-day Great Zuurberg Trek mountain
bike race next month.
Stellenbosch professional, who won last weekend’s Winelands Encounter
alongside BCX team-mate HB Kruger, said he was excited about targeting the
Eastern Cape race based at the Zuurberg Mountain Village for the first time
from May 26.
Eastern Cape is one of the areas where I have not mountain biked a lot,
although I’m reasonably familiar with the type of terrain,” the 34-year-old
said in reference to the route that takes in portions of the Addo Elephant
have ridden a lot in the Karoo near Oudtshoorn so I have experienced the types
of trails we will face.”
said he competed in a host of events around the country and was used to
adapting to different conditions and terrain and that Zuurberg, just outside
Port Elizabeth, would be no different.
he said he and Kruger would aim for the top spot on the podium, he acknowledged
there would be plenty of competition.
is always a goal to win an event we enter, but you are definitely seeing more
professional teams competing in these types of races.
a professional doing it for a living we have to try to give back to our
sponsors so the greater the exposure we get, the better it is for everyone.
choose events which suit us and our sponsors, and I think the GZT will be a
really good one.”
Woolcock and Kruger swept aside their competition at the Winelands Encounter,
he acknowledged one could never be sure of the outcome in mountain bike racing.
think the GZT will be a really interesting test because there are a couple of
good teams in the mix.”
said one never knew who might end up on the start list, but felt defending
champion Andrew Hill and new team-mate Marco Joubert (TIB Insurance-Momsen), as
well as TransCape champions Pieter Seyffert and Travis Walker (ASG-Ellsworth),
would be two of the teams to watch.
praised the efforts of the organisers in supporting a professional field.
have definitely helped to draw us to the event and have made it as attractive
looking forward to a great race in a lovely part of the country and we are
grateful for the backing the organisers have provided.”