Varsity Games for Antonie

It will be a day amongst University people, but not as he knows it….

Antonie Joubert, a mechanical engineering student, has been one of four athletes from the University of Pretoria (TUKS), to take part in the annual and much acclaimed Varsity Sports, in the Varsity MTB race.

Forming part of the FNB Wines2Whales Pinotage event, it will encompass three days of mountain bike racing from Lourensford to Oak Valley, and on to Onrus; starting on Stellenbosch and ending in Hermanus.

The race will take place from 28-30th October.

Totaling a distance of 191km, and 4800m of climbing, this is right down Antonie’s adventurous path, and he’s looking forward to forming new friendships too.

Antonie has had a solid year of racing this year with Team KeyHealth Nevarest, so a few months ago when chairperson of TUKS cycling, Marinus van Sandwyk, sent out a document with the selection criteria, Antonie was quick to send in his CV which qualified for the shortlist.

“Thereafter we had a few group rides, and used races like Nissan Trailseeker to determine the best team.”

Varsity Sports will be Antonie’s second multi-day stage race.

“So this is definitely going to be something new and different to what I’m used to. Luckily, I have Paul Cordes from Epic Sport Cycles helping me to prepare for this.”

A big advocate for sports development amongst the younger ones, and with some good insights into sport at a high level as a Team KeyHealth Nevarest member, Antonie sees Varsity Sports as a hugely positive event for high level performance experience, and personal development.

“I really believe Varsity Sports is opening up a lot of doors for young riders wanting to enter the professional sport scene. The age cap ensures that we race in a competitive but fair category… I am always keen for some challenging trails and flowing downhills and from what I’ve heard there will be no shortage of this at Varsity Games!”

There will be some stiff competition from Stellenbosch University (Maties), the University of Cape Town (UCT), North-West University (NWU), Nelson Mandela University (Madibaz) and the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

Updates of the race, and pre and post event, will be showcasing on TUKS sports social media pages and personal pages of those attending the event.