During the 2016 South African Track and Para-cycling Championships, 11 year old cyclist, Mia Fortuin, set the South African record in the under 12, 1500 meter individual pursuit. At the same event, she helped set the record for the under 12 Girls Team Pursuit along with Megan Meyer, Torq Beukes, and Teagan Meyer. This year, at the 2017 SA National Road Championships , the 12 year old Mia took the First Place Gold in the under 13 Individual Time Trail as well as the First Place Gold in the under 13 tandem.
Mia said that she was inspired and motivated by the success of her older brother, Matthew. Matthew (15) is the first place gold medalist in the under 17 road race.
Mia says it is bit harder for girls to compete in the sport because there are not many female racers and there is a lot of pressure on girls from the boys. She does however work very hard to make sure she beats all the boys.
Mia is a member of the, Kinetic Cycling Club in Ravensmead, and its Chairman, O’Ryan Bruintjies said he was proud of his riders and their amazing feats. The kids are also very grateful for their coaches, Glen Bonthuis and Serena van Schalkwyk.
Other members of the Kinetics Cycling Club who medalled include Jason Bruintjies (under 15 Gold), Daniel Grobbelaar (under 15 Silver), and Jessie Munton (under 13 ,2nd podium, Silver and Bronze).
Sources: IOL, InTheBunch, cyclingsa, intocycling