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Hoffman hits form in Commonwealth Games build-up races

By Mark Etheridge

Less than a month away from the Commonwealth Games in Scotland and leading track cyclist Nolan Hoffman is hitting form at the right time.

The former world championships Scratch race silver medallist is currently racing in the United States.

And the Franschhoek born rider is in a good frame of mind right now.

“It’s been a good season so far, after winning the Cape Argus and then the green jersey at the Tour Mzansi. Track nationals in Durban were also pretty successful, third in the IP, first in the team pursuit and also first in the 15-kilometre Scratch and Madison events,” he said from the US on Friday.

After his early season success, the man they call “The Hoff” took a break from competition in May.

“Then I did a solid four weeks of building fitness with a┬á lot of long rides, leading up to the Tour of Americas Dairyland classics which is 11 days of Criteriums.

“Yesterday I managed to pull off a win which I was chasing the whole week,” he told Road to Rio 2016. “Tonight I start with Stage Eight and then there are three more days. The racing here serves as a good intensity block.”

After he’s done with the Dairyland Hoffman will head for Europe where he’ll ply his trade in Poland.

“From 4-6 July I start a track grand prix and I’ll base myself with Frank Oder in Germany to do my final prep for the Games.

“I’m looking forward to the Games because I’ve built a really strong base and I’m confident I’ll be at my best in Glasgow.”