Team Abantu’s Nolan Hoffman rode to a record breaking win at yesterday’s Paarl Boxing Day 25 Mile event under the scorching hot Boland sun in front of a max capacity crowd at the Paarl Cycling Stadium.
Hoffman will now have his name engraved on the most famous track cycling trophy in South Africa for a record five times which boasts some of this countries most prolific and famous names. With results like this on the local scene as well as his credible results on the world stage Hoffman is arguably becoming one of the best track cyclists this country has ever seen.
South African cycling icons such as Gary Beneke, Mark Beneke, Jonny Koen, Douglas Ryder and Willie Englebrecht, to name just a few all feature on the winners mantle for this historic event over 100 years old with the record still being held by one of the Beneke brothers, Gary.
It was yet another dominant performance from the Franschoek born speedster as he also won the days early events, the 10km Points Race as well as the Elite Elimination race, cementing himself as the best endurance track rider in SA. For Hoffman this was the icing on the cake following his most successful season ever on the domestic road racing circuit having notched up victory after victory with the endless support of his Team Abantu teammates and his incredible turn of speed. For Hoffman though, he knows he has to keep working harder and harder as his dream is still to claim the rainbow stripes and win that world title which he came so close to doing in 2012.
“It’s a great feeling having won this prestigious event five times now. There was such a build up to the event and coming from Franschoek it’s like my home race. I love entertaining the people, they are my motivation and the reason myself and my team have been so successful in 2013 and I’m glad I rewarded their support and passion with this record breaking win. It’s a honor to be amongst some of South Africa’s great icons.” Said Hoffman.
Team principal Dean Edwards announced yesterday that Hoffman will be heading back to Europe on the 30 December to take part in the Rotterdam Six-Day from the 2-7 January. Hoffman will then head back to Mexico where he will endure a 10 day training camp ahead of the final round of the Track World Cup Classics which takes place from the 17-19 January. The Rotterdam event will be streamed live for SA fans to follow and support their champ.
Pic by: Owen Lloyd.