Port Elizabeth's Bradley Gouveris looking ahead after first major victory
After soloing to his first major win at the Daily Dispatch Cycle Tour in East London earlier this month, Bradley Gouveris is looking to take his good form into the 2017 season.
The matriculant from Port Elizabeth’s victory on a wet day was achieved in some style after going clear on the final climb of the 102km classic.
Although it was a breakthrough performance, he said he had been plotting victory throughout the season.
“It was one of three races I’d identified to do well in this year,” said the 18-year-old, who admitted he wasn’t sure what he was in for on the day.
“Racing in East London was a bit foreign for me, so I didn’t really know the competition I was up against.
“But everything went right for me on the day, so I’m happy to have pulled it off.”
Despite still being at school, Gouveris has become an integral cog in NMMU’s Bestmed-Shukuma-Madibaz Cycling Club after some stand-out performances this year.
Bradley Gouveris is planning to take his good form into 2017 after his first major victory in the Daily Dispatch Cycle Tour in East London. Photo: Supplied
“Being with the Madibaz has really helped me,” he said, singling out the coaching aspect as well as the opportunity to race alongside more experienced team-mates.
“They’ve given me loads of support and my cycling has improved, so I’m definitely staying with them for 2017.”
With his brother Kellan having represented South Africa on the track at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow two years ago, he has some impressive pedigree to call on.
“My dad also cycles and he encouraged us both to ride from a young age,” said Gouveris, who will be focusing on the road instead.
“Watching my brother perform so well has inspired me. I look up to him as a hero and he’s one of my biggest motivations.”
Even though the season has hardly finished, he is already focusing on next year.
“I’d like to do well in the national road champs and, if possible, at SA track champs. But I’ve also set my sights on the Cape Town Cycle Tour and Knysna Cycle Tour.”
If he could maintain his form throughout, he said a good ride in the 947 Cycle Challenge in Joburg to close out next season would be the long-term objective.
“But, for now, I’m focusing on the next few months. You never know if your form will desert you during the year, so I don’t want to get ahead of myself.”
Main image: Bradley Gouveris, racing for NMMU’s Bestmed-Shukuma-Madibaz Cycling Club, crosses the line to win the Daily Dispatch Cycle Tour in East London. Photo: Supplied
The South African Weather Services on Saturday morning again warned that very hot weather conditions and high discomfort levels are expected in most parts of the Eastern Cape throughout the day. Veld Fire Conditions are expected over the...
Public hearings on the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership...
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL)...
All eyes are on the next move from President Jacob...
A 31-year-old man is expected in court soon after he was...
A surprise donation by Airports Company of South Africa...
The sprint to the end of the year and the extended holidays...
The proposed construction of a Nuclear Power...
The South African Weather Services office in Port Elizabeth...
Two Nigerian nationals, aged between 37 and 43 years old...
- The ‘voetstoots clause’: Under new Consumer Protection Act amendments, home buyers are the least protected
- ANC-led march demands better service delivery from Nelson Mandela Bay’s DA-led coalition
- Council gives nod to water restrictions and punitive tariffs, taps dry out in Western suburbs
- Very hot and uncomfortable weather conditions expected over Eastern Cape
- Two Nigerian nationals busted with drugs worth R630 000 in Grahamstown