High Hopes for Team Zimbabwe In Casablanca

Four young cyclists leave today for Casablanca, Morocco where they have qualified to participate in the Road African Cycling Championships next week (21-26 February 2016).  Chad Scallan of St John’s College is the sole competitor in the men’s U23 category.

The trio of Helen Mitchell and Skye Davidson, both who just finished their A levels at Hellenic Academy and Peterhouse Girls recent leaver Stacey Hyslop, all will be competing in the women’s elite category that they have just joined.  The four will be joined by Men’s elite cyclist Shine Doko and coach David Martin.

Cycling, though still a relatively small and elite sport in Zimbabwe, has shown a lot of growth this past year, entering athletes in all Africa-wide competitions as well as several world championships.  The four young cyclists have all been training and competing locally and in South Africa in the start of 2016, with impressive results.

Davidson and Hyslop have been training at the WCC Africa High Performance Center in Potchefstroom, South Africa, this past month.  Mitchell has joined them for several competitions with impressive finishes.  Scallon and Mitchell have been training locally and competing in Zimbabwe as well as South Africa.

Road African Cycling Championship Schedule
Date/Time Event
Sunday, 21 Feb, 10am  Women Team Time Trial (36km)
Tuesday, 23 Feb, 10am Women ITT (31 km)
Thursday, 25 Feb, 930am Women Road Race (120km)
Friday, 26 Feb, 930am Elite and U23 Men’s Road Race (180km)