I began cycling in 2006, at the age of 13 when I started Track Racing. This is where my Bunch Peleton riding skills were honed. I surprisingly won my first race, 1 500m scratch, when I rode away at the start and stayed away. This became my racing style which sponsors delighted in as it gave them great exposure in both televised and smaller races where brand exposure was a priority.
I was introduced by my father to the ‘versorger’ of the Belgian National Team, Rik Keyearts, a man with many talents on the professional scene for 15 years at the time. He invited me to a training ride and I was then invited to race in Belgium for 2 months in that year. I visited the Cycling School of Ronse, Belgium, for 3 months in 2007 and then returned home to Cape Town in July to complete my exams.
I wanted to race in Europe so it was not viable to be schooled in Cape Town. So, I moved to Belgium to continue my schooling from September of that year. I was based with a strict family in Belgium who, taught me about life in Belgium and wholesome values. It was the right decision in my quest as I was educated and prepared for a life of professional cycling.
In between, I came to race in South Africa as an U16, where I received 3rd Place at the SA Road Championships and 1st place at the U16 National Stage Tour. The following year I finished 2nd in the U16 Belgium Cup, alongside many of the Belgian future stars. From there on, I focused on Pro cycling as an U23 racer and mountain climber.
I have ridden for a number of teams who catered for U23 cyclists including Bonitas and Dimension Data. I have represented South Africa at Juniors, in all the Youth Olympics, World Championships and Nation Cups around Europe, Switzerland and Spain as well as an U23 rider at Richmond (USA) World Championships, Tour of Flanders, Cote de Picardie, Giro di Toscana Nation Cups.
I am a WINNER by nature, focusing only on the top step of the podium. My life is 100% professional and all distractions to the contrary are expelled from my life.
My hobbies when I am not riding my bike include volleyball, horse riding and roller skating. I enjoy adrenaline associated activities.
I continually strive to be a winner. My goal is to always exceed my own personal boundaries and expectations.
•MPUMALANGA TOUR – Stage 1 – 2nd Place; Stage 2 – 9th Place; Stage 4 – 2nd Place; Stage 5 – 5th Place
•LA TROPICALE AMISSA BONGO – 8th Place Mountains classification
•TOUR DU RWANDA – Part of Team that took Stage 1 – 1st Place KOM; Stage 2 – 2nd Place KOM; Stage 3 – 6th Place KOM; Stage 4 – 8th Place KOM; Stage 5 – 9th Place KOM; Stage 6 – 10th Place KOM; Stage 7 – 8th Place Points
•RIDE FOR SIGHT – 6th Place (Elite)
•SA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – RR – 8th Place; TT – 5th Place
•CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR – 4th Place Overall
•AFRICAN CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – 8th Place (RR)
•LE TOUR DE LANGKAWI – Stage 2 – 10th Place; Stage 5 – 10th Place
•100 CYCLE CHALLENGE – 1st Place Overall
•TOUR DE LIMPOPO – Stage 1 – 5th Place; Stage 4 – 10th Place; 10th Place GC; Part of Team that came 2nd Place Overall
GAUTENG CHAMPIONSHIPS – 2nd Place Road Race
TOUR OF GOOD HOPE – Part of 2nd Overall Team (1st SA Team)
EMPERORS – 1-DAY CLASSIC – Part of the Team that took 1st Place
BERGE EN DALE – 1-DAY CLASSIC – Part of the Team that took 1st Place and 2nd U23
CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR – Part of the Team that took 3rd Place (Elite/U23) and 1st Place (Junior)
RIDE FOR SIGHT – 1-DAY CLASSIC – Part of the Team that took 1st Place (Elite/U23)
TOUR OF GOOD HOPE – Part of 2nd Overall Team with our GC rider (Elite/U23) coming in 3rd Place (1st SA Team behind Dimension Data)
TOUR OF MPUMALANAGA – Part of 2nd overall Team with our GC Rider (Elite/U23) in 2nd Place
WILRO LIONS CLASSIC – 1st Place
TOUR DE LIMPOPO – UCI 2.2 – 2nd Place on GC, Most Aggressive Rider, part of the Team that got 1st and 2nd Place on GC, Best Overall Team and winners of Team Time Trial
TOUR DURBAN – Part of team that took 1st Place
100 CYCLE CHALLENGE – 2nd Place (Elite/U23)
OPDORP KERMESE – 4th Place (Team Mysenlan-SPIE-Douterloigne)
MELLE KERMESE – 6th Place
INTERCLUB BASSENGE – 38th Place
GP SINT NIKLAAS INTERCLUB – 8th Place
TOUR DU RWANDA – 2nd Place Stage 5, 3rd Place Stage 6
BESTMED LOST CITY CYCLE4CANSA – 4th Place (Elite/U23)
LOSKOP ROAD RACE – 4th Place, Part of Winning Team.
TOUR OF MPUMALANGA – 3rd Place Stage 1
TOUR OF MPUMALANGA – 2nd Place Stage 3
WESTERN CAPE CHAMPIONSHIP OUDTSHOORN – 1st Place Pro Elite
BOUKEART SOENEN PPA Race – 1st Place
HERALD CYCLE TOUR P.E Race– 5th Place
JOURNEY FOR SITE PPA Race – 1st Place
TOUR DE WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA – 2ND Place (Stage 3 & 4), 3rd overall on GC, 2nd KOM, 2nd Sprinters Jersey, Best Overall Team.
YARONA 106.6 CYCLE CHALLENGE, BOTSWANA – 2nd Place and Best Overall Team.