Talented teenage cyclist Azulde Britz is ready to give it her all when she makes her debut for South Africa in the World Road Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, later this month.
Excited about representing her country, Britz said she wanted to make sure she enjoyed every moment of the experience.
“My goal is to give it everything I have,” she said. “I would like to apply all that I have learnt through the years and from my European racing.
“The main thing is to stay focused on the race and on the goals I have set for myself.”
The 17-year-old from Irene in Pretoria has had two trips to Europe this year, providing her with valuable experience.
An ambassador for South African cycling distribution company Positive Sports Solutions, she returned this week from competing in the Watersley Junior Women’s Challenge in the Netherlands.
“In April I rode as a guest rider for Team Rytger [a Danish outfit],” said the Cornwall Hill College matric pupil. “We stayed in contact during the year and I was invited back to guest-ride for them in the Watersley Challenge.
“I have experienced some hectic racing in Europe to say the least, but it has been totally worth it.
“I have learnt so much racing with the team and also the dynamics of European racing. The girls race hard, fast and aggressively.”
She added that her ambassador role with Positive Sports Solutions had helped her place a much more intense focus on her cycling career this year.
“This arrangement has really made me believe in myself more and not stand back for any challenges.
“In addition to the incredible support system they have given me, they have provided an environment in which I can blossom and really excel.
“They have also given me amazing opportunities and the access to top-class products.”