Zim junior cyclists in stern test

HARARE - Zimbabwe junior cyclists face a daunting task to leave a mark at the Confederation of African Cycling (Cac) Road Championships that will host 30 African nations in Pietermaritzburg and Wartburg this week.

The event carries the significance of Olympic qualification points with the top five ranked African countries securing two Rio 2016 berths.

The toughest competition is expected to come from African road cycling super power houses in the form of Eritrea, Rwanda, Algeria and Morocco.

As for Zimbabwe, their venture will mainly be that of a learning curve.

The team is mainly composed of high school athletes as part of a renewed effort to promote the development of the sport of cycling in the formative years.

Making up the side is two junior girls in the form of Hellenic Academy’s Skye Davidson and Helen Mitchell and two junior boys, Chad Scallon and Luke Collins, both of St John’s College.

The team and their bicycles were expected to depart yesterday for Durban where they will be spending a week at the CAC Road Championships.

The event kicks off with the team Time Trials in all of the age categories today with the elite men’s and women’s individual Time Trials taking place on Wednesday.

The Road Races for the elite women on Friday and the elite men on Saturday – which will finish off the event.

Nations taking part in CAC Road Champs:

Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Burkino Faso, Burundi, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Lesotho, Libya, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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