Team Abantu’s Nolan Hoffman wrote a statement regarding his performance at the Commonwealth Games that took place in Glasgow.
“Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who supported my campaign and preparation leading up to the Commonwealth Games in particular Cycling South Africa and SASCOC.
Also to my trade team, Team Abantu for the support and freedom to focus on my track ambitions. I had very high expectations and I wish I could pin point what went wrong. I did everything I could of possibly done to prepare as best as possible yet I had nothing to give on the track.
Three weeks ago I was very competitive at a International GP with a star studded European lineup before I had even begun my specialised track training. I finished in the top six in two events there yet at the Games I couldn’t even make an impact. I’m going to have to go away and re-asses what possibly could of gone wrong.
My initial thinking is I for the first time cracked under immense pressure. My trade team put alot of pressure on me, I put alot of pressure on myself and I know there was pressure from the national body.
I don’t normally stumble on the big stage but this was my first ever games of my career and possibly the stage got too big for some reason. I know the preparation I did was good and there was nothing I could of done any better or different, however I do feel I made a mistake racing my early part of the season too long and not taking a break after the Mzasni Tour.
I accept the fact that I was just not good enough and I need to work out why that was in order for it to never happen again. A new challenge lies ahead and my focus is ultimately going to have to change now on the track with the Omnium being the only event for me at the World Cups.”
Read the full statement here.