This year's junior cycling season is set for a major confrontation at the upcoming four day, five stage, South Africa Junior Tour which starts in Ermelo on Friday, April 1. The Barloworld SG juniors have dominated the early part of the 2005 season, but they now face a thoroughly motivated Finish Line Gauteng North team, eager to demonstrate that "the boys in blue" aren't the only exciting new kids on the SA cycling block.
A quick look at the respective team line-ups reveals the remarkable strength of the current SA junior scene. Barloworld SG will send the following riders to Eastern Transvaal: Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Jaco Venter, Johan Nothnagel, Herman Fouche, Johan Rabie, and Marc Degenaar the race. Finish Line's contingent consists of Duncan Viljoen, Michael Robinson, Kobus Els, Pieter Henning, Jaco Muller, and Frank Janse van Vuuren. Another 19 top teams from all over Southern Africa, including one from as far way as Namibia, will be doing as much they can to put a spoke in the wheels of the more fancied squads.