Nolan Hofmann

Western Cape rider Nolan is currently the under-23 South African road champion, the top-ranked rider in track points and has finished most of his races with a place on the winners' podium. International cycling writer Jean-Fran�ois Quenet, who has tracked cycling events from Italy to Australia and Africa, said: "If there is a black sprinter in the Tour de France in the coming years, it might well be Nolan Hoffman.� This comment places a lot of pressure on the shoulders of this young cyclist. As a South African, he already has the pres- sure of being "the first black� to achieve whatever he will achieve on a bike. Making him a representative of blacks in the diaspora must be much harder. Hopefully Nolan will just keep riding his bike, giving the best he can and those who need to find inspiration will do so.

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