Since Louis Visser, junior cyclist from Oudtshoorn made contact with LEADout Cycling in 2015, he had an extraordinary year with highlights in the Tour of Good Hope and finishing the Cape Town Cycle Tour first in the category for Juniors, only 3 minutes 08 seconds behind the winner and took 36th place overall.
Louis started his cycling career at the age of twelve when he participated in a few fun rides where after he was spotted by Eden Cycling’s president, Corné Bence.
Even though road cycling is his first love, he enjoys mountain biking and takes part in most local races. He has won 4 MTB Marathon races, as well as cross country MTB races. The biggest achievement before the Cape Town Cycle Tour was the gold medal he won at the African Continental Track Championships in January 2015 where he won 4 medals.
After his European tour with LEADout in 2015, Louis came back highly motivated and started training with LEADout director Barry Austin. For the first time he was introduced into a training program with long term goals.
Louis’ performance the past year was outstanding. He won the 2015 Western Cape MTB Marathon Championships, took second place in the Western Cape Road Championships, and third place in the Western Cape Time trial Championships. In the Herald Cycle Tour, he came second in the Juniors, with a 16th overall performance.
In the SA Road Championships Louis finished seventh and in the SA Time trial Championships sixth. The Tour of Good Hope placed him in 35th overall place, 13th in the U/23, and first as a Junior.
His best performance up to date and a highlight in his career is the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour where he was 1st in the category for Juniors and 36th overall completing the race in 02:39:00 – only 3 minutes 08 seconds behind the winner.
The 5-day Tour of Good Hope and the Cape Town Cycle Tour has been a highlight to Louis, not only because of the good results he achieved, but rather the opportunity to start and race against the country’s best road cyclists.
The dynamics of a big multi day road event is crucial in honing the skills needed to be competitive. Louis’ short term goal is to be ready for a CSA junior selection racing championship which takes place in Pietermaritzburg from 7-8 May 2016. At this camp junior riders will be selected for a team to participate in Europe, where after Louis will prepare for the transition from a junior cyclist to that of a U/23 rider.
In retrospect – the biggest contributor to Louis’ growth over the last year was Barry Austin. He provided Louis with a proper training programme, but even more important, insight into what it takes to be a cyclist.
“If you aspire to be the best at what you do, you need to train like the best and race against the best.”