The teenage cycling sensation from Bloemfontein, Chanté Olivier, has received national recognition early in the year by being included in the South African team to compete in the African Continental Championships in Cairo, Egypt next month.
The 17-year-old, who is currently busy doing an online course in Sports Management through the University of Cape Town, has been selected to represent South Africa in the Land of the Pharaohs a Junior Woman in the road race and individual time trial. She has also been included for some of the endurances on the track. The African championships will take place from 2 to 13 March.
It will be a busy month for the fearless cyclist, as on her arrival back in South Africa she will be heading to the Western Cape to take part in the South African Road Championship in Swellendam. The national championships will be held from 19 to 21 March.
Then she will be swopping her road bike for a mountain bike to compete in the South African XCO Cup at Thaba Trail in Johannesburg. This event will take place on 28 March.
Olivier is also itching to head back to Europe to her team Wielerzone in the Netherlands in order to get some international racing under the belt. This all depends on the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions and the opening of racing in Europe.
Her main goal and focus for 2021 will be to take part in the Junior World Championships, which will be held in Flanders (Northern Belgium) from 19 to 26 September. – MORGAN PIEK