The Cows put their hooves up for Tour Durban19/08/2022
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Following their impressive showing at the 2021 aQuellé Tour Durban, the exciting, young Team Siata will once again be on the start line hoping to mix it up in the age group races on Sunday, 11 September as the team continues to give hope to young, aspiring riders.
Siyanda Gumede finished in fifth place in the Under 23 race in 2021 and will be back this year to push for a podium spot along with three other riders in the Under 23 age group.
Gumede will be joined by Bongani Mathebula, Smangaliso Msomi and Josh Steytler for the 106km showdown in two weeks’ time.
Team Siata founder Ibrahim Sharif is excited to see what his team can produce and hopes that strong results will continue the growth of road cycling in communities outside your traditional strongholds.
“Since the academy was founded in 2018 we have seen a huge surge in the interest for cycling,” a proud Sharif said. “Last year alone we have over 120 requests to join the academy from all over the country.
“People have seen how this academy strives to create world class riders and uplift as well as empower them to go all the way to the top.”
The team is becoming a truly national one as Sharif brings in riders from around the country to take that next step into what could be the professional realm.
“We have now got riders from Cape Town, Johannesburg as well as Mpumalanga to join our KZN-based riders.
“It’s all about giving these riders the best opportunities to get better and race against the best so we want to keep the team as strong as possible.
“The team have ridden all around the country at the top classics as well as abroad and to also support our local classic is important for me and the team,” he added.
Having taken some of the best riders coming out of the successful KZN Development programme, Sharif is keen to see how his riders go at the Tour Durban.
“This year the team has worked really hard and have focused a lot of their energy on the Tour Durban,” he commented.
“We got so close to a podium last year and we are hoping for a top three finish in the Under 23 category this year.”
Team Siata will not just focus on the Under 23 age category, they will have two riders, Matthew Balmforth and Azile in the Under 17 age group and then Sifiso Matthew and Mark Quinton in the Under 13 age category.