Winner of the biggest participative cycle race in the world, the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Tour, Arran Brown, has his eyes on more major successes and is shaping up as a strong candidate for next year’s Commonwealth Games.A former time-trialler, Brown, is coming along in leaps and bounds in road race-riding and with normal development could be one to watch in the multi-coded sports event in New Delhi next year. ÔÇ£We will have to go back to the drawing board and map out what comes next,ÔÇØ an elated (and clearly surprised) Brown said after using his power to outsprint 2008 Toure de France stage winner Robbie Hunter in the final sprint.
Brown’s dedication and promise has been closely monitored by Malcolm Lange, a former South African Olympian and Commonwealth Games cyclist, twice winner of the ÔÇ£ArgusÔÇØ in 1998 and 2003, and these days owner and chief sprinter of Team Medscheme. ÔÇ£I’ve been spending a lot of time with him and it’s good to have a young guy so eager to learn. I’m teaching him what to do and what not to do. He still has a lot to learn. When Daryl (Impey, now of Barloworld) was with me at Microsoft, I taught him a lot ÔÇô although I’m not trying to take the credit for that, but we spent a lot of time together,ÔÇØ said Lange.
ÔÇ£Sprinting changes all the time and how you adapt to those changes will determine how successful you are. Arran is coming along the right way.ÔÇØ