Chris Jooste, whose move to Team BCX was officially confirmed last month, is looking forward to racing in such a structured set-up.
“It’s a good feeling to be part of a top South African team,” he said today.
“It’s every young rider’s dream. I’m grateful that I can join a team with experienced riders such as Nolan (Hoffman) and Clint (Hendricks).”
Jooste, 22, hit the headlines when he won the inaugural Tshwane Classic in November.
He expects to be tasked with playing a support role in his new team. “There already are a lot of riders in the team who can win races.
“I will have to be strong enough to take my chances and to offer back-up when I can.
“The other riders know me well enough from races in which we competed against each other. We should work together quite well.”
To race under the BCX banner would be a big step up in his career, he said.
“Riding in a professional team set-up will teach me a lot. And being a workhorse in a team has its benefits.
“I can learn a lot from the other riders. It can only be a positive move at this stage of my career.
“The atmosphere in the team is really good. It’s a great thing that we already are familiar with one another.”
Jooste believes there is a good mix in the team. “Marc (Pritzen, 18) is the youngest and he is in his first year of under-23 racing. Then there’s Nolan, who is 32 and going as strong as ever.
“The riders will be able to complement one another well.”
Jooste will have his first ride for BCX when they line up for the Mpumalanga Tour on January 13.