In the context of being part of a small self-managed team Nolan Hoffman has prioritised achieving top results during the next month’s racing, starting with the Ride for Sight in Boksburg this weekend.
The three will be hoping to keep producing good results while on the management side endeavouring to secure sufficient sponsorship and support for their new set-up, DNS Sports.
“I’m approaching these next few races with the same ambition as I would have within a team environment,” Hoffman told In the Bunch today.
“This will be an exciting new venture for us and I think South African cycling needs another team to up the competition.
“For me personally the next month’s five races are probably the most important on the calendar.”
“We are focused and motivated to show the cycling world out there that we can operate together.
“We hit a bummer with Vandergroup but we’re still determined and passionate to ride our bikes and keep going.”
The three of them working together could be a recipe for success, Hoffman said.
“By us sticking together that shows already we are confident this can work,” he said.
“It speaks volumes because no one would take a gamble like this [if they weren’t confident]. I could’ve gone to another team or the others might have had other options.
“We’ve developed a friendship over the years from riding together within teams and we know each other’s strengths.
“I can 100 per cent say that we have a good shot of making this successful.”
With the 116km race this weekend being more suited to the sprinters, Hoffman is expecting to take the lead between the three of them.
“This race is known for its wind and we’ve shown in the past that we’re good in the wind, so we’re hoping to take advantage of that.
“The finish also suits a bigger guy like me so there’s definitely a chance to come away with a win.”
Due to their numerical disadvantage against some of the other teams such as ProTouch, TEG Procycling and OfficeGuru, Hoffman stressed the importance of racing smartly.
“It’s going to be crucial for us to stay focused and on top of things. But we’re experienced. We rely on each other’s strengths and we can read the racing quite well.
“Needing to race a bit smarter motivates me as well.”