Final say of SA Road Champs sees Juniors offer great hope for future

Today was pay day of a different kind for athletes who have focussed their training around winning titles on the final day of the prestigious 2012 Time Freight SA Vets, Masters, Schools & Tandems Road and Time Trial Championships, that finished in Westville today (Sunday).

Dry weather and a cool steady breeze greeted riders after torrential overnight thunderstorms making conditions for road racing near perfect once again with total road closure in the Westville CBD. What a wonderful sense of knowing that you have the freedom of the road in order to show off your talent and skills!

Men’s and mixed tandem teams started the day off, with the Schools U16 Boys and Girls in close pursuit. Added to this was an international flavour that had a small Irish visiting team participate against local talent in the Schools U16 Boy’s race. Closing out 4 days of powerful racing was the Schools U14, U12 and U10 categories.

The under-16 Boys race was a tussle right down to the wire, with several attacks throughout the 70km (5-lap) race. But it was Keagan Girdlestone who edged out Kent Main and Stefan De Bod in the final kilometres to take the victory.

Monique Gerber dominated the under-16 Girls race over 56km (4-laps). She beat Michelle Benson by just over 8-minutes, with Catherine Colyn finishing third.

Race organiser and KwaZulu-Natal Road Commissioner Kelvin du Sart’s hands-on approach in organising the event did not go unnoticed to the riders, who have been in full praise of a world-class course over the four days.

“That was our main priority, to provide a safe event,” said Du Sart. “It has gone well and being hands-on is the only way, and at the end of the day we just wanted a safe event with nobody getting hurt. It makes me feel good knowing that the riders have enjoyed themselves.”

Congratulations to the organisers who have set an international standard at this year’s SA Road Championships offering a platform for athletes to give their best performances.

All thanks must go to CyclingSA’s KZN Cycling Union with their local and visiting officials and staff from other regions. Great thanks to the title sponsors TIME FREIGHT without whom this event would not have been staged at the level it was.

Numerous other sponsors including co-sponsors Bluff Meat Supply and Crusader Logistics, as well as eThekwini Municipality, Southern Sun, Duys Engineering Group, Hoopers VW, Mr Price Timing and Dash Events are also to be thanked.

Finally to all the participants and especially podium finishers – CONGRATULATIONS and well deserved!

Visit www.finishtime.co.za for LIVE timing as the racing progresses, and for the final results.

Summary of Results

U16 Boys

1 18 Keagan Girdlestone 02:01:47
2 25 Kent Main 02:01:47
3 15 Stefan De Bod 02:01:47

U16 Girls

1 53 Monique Gerber 01:50:21
2 51 Michelle Benson 01:58:33
3 52 Catherine Colyn 02:01:43

U14 Boys

1 251 Keanu Slingers 01:22:54
2 108 Enno Swanepoel 01:22:55
3 98 Gregory De Vink 01:23:35

U14 Girls

1 116 Delia Retief 00:56:16
2 115 Nicolene Marais 00:56:33
3 114 Clarissa Liebenberg 00:57:21

U12 Boys

1 87 Cameron Wright 01:05:03
2 85 Alexander Smith 01:05:32
3 81 Liam Abbott 01:10:33

U12 Girls

1 92 Hanje Nel 00:24:59
2 91 Angelique Moller 00:27:57
3 93 Nelize Van Aswegen 00:30:08

U10 Boys

1 61 Robert Luke Dungan 00:40:28
2 64 Reece Sclanders 00:41:32
3 63 Warren Moolman 00:43:35

U10 Girls

1 73 Chante Olivier 00:42:38
2 72 Kayleigh Moller 00:48:40
3 71 Georgia Gungan 00:52:11

Mixed Tandem

1 826 726 Stephen Scheepers / Patricia Barradas 02:45:37
2 833 733 Isabel Moolman / Werner Moolman 02:46:34
3 732 832 Hansie Joubert / Martie Joubert 02:54:03

Open Tandem

1 704 804 Anton Duvenage / Lionel Scholtz 02:47:46
2 705 805 Patrick Hibbins / Jay Spendley 02:48:05
3 800 700 Freddy Mitchley / Willie Buser 02:49:01

Photo: Mylene Loumeau/CyclingSA