180 Learners and 20 adults representing the uThukela, Ugu, uThungulu, eThekwini and uMgungundlovu Districts will be attending Cycling South Africa’s inaugural Youth Development Camp that takes place in Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg, from 11-14 July 2016. The learners between the ages of 10 and 16 have been selected to attend from our successful KwaZulu-Natal District Development Series.
All the Youth Development Camp activities will take place at the multi-functional Alexandra Park, which has an oval concrete cycling track and BMX track. The immediate surrounding roads will be used for the road cycling elements and a small mountain bike track has been created, which offers the development of four cycling activities namely Track, Road, BMX and MTB.
Local Organising Committee’s Alec Lenferna explained that the 180 young participants would be divided into four groups and would remain in those groups for each of the four different training sessions over the two-day period to learn skills in each of the cycling disciplines.
The adults will also be trained and upskilled in order too impart knowledge to the learners after the Camp to encourage continued activity in the cycling disciplines.
“One person will be in charge of each discipline, and that person will have two additional assistant coaches to work with him,” said Lenferna. “We have arranged for five coaches from the Durban Green Corridor project to work with us and they will assist with the MTB and Road components. The head MTB coach is Gabi Ngcobo, who took part in the UCI Coaching Course that was held during the 2015 African Continental Road Championships in Pietermaritzburg.”
Phakamani Radebe from Giba Gorge will be the head BMX coach and he is bringing along four young guys who have been through the Giba Academy to be assistant coaches at the camp, with two of them assigned to BMX and two assigned to the Track discipline.
John Cele, who qualified at the UCI Mechanics course that was held in Pietermaritzburg during the hosting of the 2015 African Continental Road Champs, will ensure that all the equipment is in good working condition and also impart his knowledge to the participating adults at the Camp to teach them basic bicycle maintenance skills so that they can assist their regions when they return home.
“By hosting UCI training courses for coaches and mechanics in Pietermaritzburg, and by sending guys like Gabi and John to attend, we are now in a favourable position to use their skills that they have learnt to go out and teach others, which is the essence of true development,” said Lenferna.
“Apart from the skills that the participants will learn here, we are purchasing a large number of bicycles and spares that will used at the camp. These will be given to the various participating regions to take back with them so that cycling development can continue in each of the Districts.”