NMMU-Madibaz cyclist Bradley Gouveris won the Daily Dispatch Cycle Tour in East London this month after taking control on the final climb of the 102km classic.
Thanks to his first major win, achieved in wet conditions, the 18-year-old schoolboy is in a positive frame of mind for the 2017 season.
Gouveris said he had singled out the Dispatch race from the start of the year as one he wanted to win.
He admitted, though, 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.”
Although still at school, Gouveris has become an integral cog in NMMU’s Bestmed-Shukuma-Madibaz Cycling Club.
He said his cycling had improved thanks to the coaching he had received and the chance to ride with more experienced colleagues.
“They’ve given me loads of support, 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.
He has already switched his attention to next year, with his focus on the national road champs and, possibly, the SA track champs.
“But, for now, I’m focusing on the next few months because I don’t want to get ahead of myself.”