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Hoffman looks to continue his winning ways

Nolan Hoffman says he has his sights set on winning the 15km scratch race when he lines up in the first round of the UCI Track World Cup series, which runs from November 1-3, in Manchester, Great Britain.

“I’ve come off a solid few months on the domestic road racing circuit and so I hope to come into some good form at the right time,” said Hoffman on Thursday, speaking from England.

“I really would like to win the scratch race as it would boost my confidence for the world champs next year.

“I also need a solid top-five performance in the points race in order for me to qualify for the world champs next year. And then I want to do as much as I can to help my teammates in the team pursuit and try setting new high standards for SA track cyclists.”

Hoffman was named as part of the nine-man South African track team announced by Cycling SA on Tuesday, which will be taking part in the first leg of the World Cup series. The 28-year old sprint cyclist would be taking part in the 15km scratch race, 30km points race and 4000m team pursuit.

Hoffman became a cycling sensation in April 2012 after he clinched a silver medal in the 15km scratch race at the 2012 UCI Track World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. While he looked to perform well in the world cup series, Hoffman said his main focus was qualifying for the 2014 UCI Track World Championships in Colombia.

“My primary goal is to finish inside the top 15 overall in the world cup series so that I can qualify for the world champs. “If I get to do all three legs of the series, then a top five would be a realistic goal I think.”

The Abantu team rider had enjoyed superb form on the local road circuit this year where he bagged a total of 15 road race titles.

Earlier this month, Hoffman set a new course record of two hours and 18 minutes (2:18) at the Amashova Durban classic, which is Durban’s largest cycle race.

His other wins include the inaugural GoWest cycle classic in Krugersdorp in September, as well as two wins in the Engen cycle challenge. “This year has been incredible so far. I think the six-day circuit season in Europe last year lifted my level quite a bit and played a major part in the 15 road races I’ve won this season.

“In terms of local road results, it’s definitely been the best I’ve had my whole career. However, winning silver at the world championships last year still makes that my best moment.

“I do still have four local events left which I want to win for the team. I’m just really enjoying the ride.”


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