Here comes the Pink!

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MORGAN PIEK

Bloemfontein Courant proudly introduced the AerocareCourant cycling team at the Central Media Group offices in Westdene on Friday.

The team is made up of four of the top young cyclists to be produced in the City of Roses in recent times. While riders such as Waylin Young and Damaen Oosthuizen have been making a name for themselves, a lot is expected from the all four boys who put in countless hours on the saddles.

Young, who is no stranger to Courant believes the team will be spotted from a mile away when they take part in cycle events across the country. "We’re quite excited about the team. I think the colours stand out a lot, so we’ll definitely be spotted on the road. People will say here comes the Pink, so they will definitely know it’s our team," said Young.

According to Michael Pretorius the team have definite goals set and they won’t just be content with being the best team in Bloemfontein, they have bigger short-term ambitions."We’ve been riding together for about two years now and our goal is to be the best team in the South Africa.

We would like to be the best team in Bloemfontein and on the tours," Pretorius told Courant. Eckhardt Binding, who is without a doubt the most confident youngster in the group, feels the team already has a wealth of experience both nationally and internationally, with Young being their banker this year.

"It’s been going quite well as a team, especially with Waylon. He’s been overseas to the tracks in Korea and Malaysia to take part in the international GPs.

In the under-16 category in which I rode last year, we won both the interprovincial road races.

"Damean came second in the under-16 SA champs last year and Waylin didn’t do too poorly either. I think he is the guy to beat this year," said Binding.

Oosthuizen, who is also a well-established name in cycling in the Free State reckons that although they are a team and love competing as a team, there is without a doubt stiff competition among themselves.

"In the Free State events we’re competing against each other for provincial colours, so yes, there is stiff competition within the team," the modest rider said.

"We will try and work as a team, there’s a track race coming up in Nelspruit and the best team can win a lot of points…so team work is important," Oosthuizen concluded.

Who knows, with their new colours and their ambitions, these four your cyclists from Bloemfontein may very well be the next South African team to produce Tour de France stage winner or Olympic medallist.