Veterans dominate day four of SA Road Champs

 
It was the veterans who took centre stage on Friday with a number of Time Trials and Road Races on day four of the 2015 Pennypinchers South African Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships © craigdutton.com

It was the veterans who took centre stage on Friday with a number of Time Trials and Road Races on day four of the 2015 Pennypinchers South African Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships © craigdutton.com

 

Mbombela – Day four saw another full schedule at the 2015 Pennypinchers South African Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships with a number of time trial events leading the morning session and the afternoon events saw the veterans take to the road in the road races on what were warm temperatures on Friday.

For JP van Tonder who won the men’s 35-39 Time Trial on Friday it was a case of using the conditions and the course to the best of his advantage and he felt that the race played into his hands perfectly as he claimed his second Time Trial national champions jersey in a row.

“Today was really good for me,” an elated Van Tonder said. “The weather was a bit cooler for me when I went out and the humidity has been a big factor for us guys from Johannesburg this week so the conditions were good for me and so was the course.

“I am a bigger rider than the other guys in my category so the course suited my style because it was very much a power riders track and I could find a big gear and keep up a good pace throughout.”

Defending his title as the Time Trial national champion meant that Van Tonder went off last which meant that he knew that if he kept up the pace with the rider in front of him he would have a good chance of retaining his title so managing himself throughout the race was paramount and he felt he managed to do that well.

“For a power rider like myself being able to keep up a good speed on the flat sections meant that I could manage myself on the few climbs that there were on the course.

“I knew that I was gaining an advantage when I got to the end of the first lap and I had a slight gap and by halfway through my second lap I knew where the competition was and so it was just a case of maintaining my momentum and getting to the end!

“Defending my title is a great feeling and to do it today on this course was great!” Van Tonder beamed.

The veteran ladies 30-34 age category was tightly fought out but in the end it was Engela Conradie who was the strongest rider as she claimed a second Time Trial national championship as she narrowly beat Adele Delport.

The race was a tough one for Conradie who felt that she was always struggling throughout but with the defence of her national title being her motivation she knew that she had the legs to cross the line in the shortest time.

“I am really happy with my win even though I wasn’t feeling great today,” she said. “I can’t pinpoint what the matter was but the legs just didn’t quite feel there and they weren’t as good as I wanted them to be!

“Having a national title to defend was something that motivated me throughout so I knew that I just had to deal with the problem and give it my all which I did and I am really happy with the result!”

Despite not feeling at her best Conradie was under pressure throughout as she had to make sure that she was ahead of the rest of the field in order to claim her brace of Time Trial national titles.

“The race was really tough and the conditions did not make it any easier and with Adele really breathing down my neck I had to put in that extra effort to get across the line.

“It was a tough course and we really had to grind it out which made my win today really special!” she said happily.

The afternoon session produced some exciting racing in the veteran divisions with the road race being the focus for them and close finishes were the order of the day.

The Veteran Men's 65-69 race ended in a three-way sprint for the line with Paul Pelser eventually winning the race by a second from Corne Taljaard.

The Veteran Women's 50-54 race was equally as exciting when Amanda Akom managed to win a tight end sprint ahead of Elizabeth Janse van Rensberg to claim the national road race title.

Cycling fans can follow the results as the racing unfolds with live timing here. Spectators on the course can also follow the live timing on their mobile devices, using the Mobi results link here. If you cannot get to the event in Mbombela, watch the racing live on streamit360.tv from 6-8 February.

For more information, visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2015-sa-road-champs.

SUMMARY OF RESULTS - 2015 PENNYPINCHERS SOUTH AFRICAN ROAD, TIME TRIAL AND PARA-CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY FOUR

Time Trial

Veteran Men 30-34
1. Juanne Pierre Jacobs 44:09
2. Neil Timm 44:30
3. Andrew Stockwell 45:39
4. Barend Viljoen 45:52
5. Jacques Greef 46:46

Veteran Men 35-39
1. JP van Tonder 44:37
2. Johannes Corthing 45:38
3. Louis Fourie 45:50
4. Gert Fourie 45:51
5. Jacques van Staden 46:46

Veteran Men 40-45
1. Johann Naude 45:34
2. Matthys van Jaarsveld 46:22
3. Rob Stewart 46:29
4. Lucas Phieffer 46:29
5. Benjamin Stoch 47:51

Veteran Men 45-49
1. Martin van Wyk 29:34
2. Samuel de Swardt 29:53
3. Daniel Marais 30:39
4. Steven Shirley 31:25
5. David Rogers 31:32

Veteran Men 50-54
1. Gywn Pine 29:51
2. Anton Duvanage 30:43
3. Anthony Bennett 31:12

Veteran Men 55-59
1. Charles Nienaber 30:55
2. Anton Rossouw 31:55
3. George van Rooyen 32:28

Veteran Women 30-34
1. Engela Conradie 35:39
2. Adel Delport 35:53

Veteran Women 35-39
1. Desray Sebregts 32:59
2. Suzan Bowman 34:45
3. Bianca Holtzkampf 35:49

Road Race

Veteran Men 65-69
1. Paul Pelser 01:38:14
2. Corne Taljaard 01:38:15
3. Cornelius Vermaak 01:38:16

Veteran Men 70-74
1. Maurice Connor 01:33:57
2. Jan van den Berg 01:41:24
3. Martin Ayuso 01:51:35

Veteran Men 75+
1. Arthur Duncan 01:13:48
2. Fred Hattingh 01:19:08

Veteran Women 50-54
1. Amanda Akom 01:44:13
2. Elizabeth Janse van Rensburg 01:44:14
3. Christa Botha 01:46:07

Veteran Women 55-59
1. Hester de Klerk 01:44:53
2. Sonet Matherson 01:46:06
3. Belinda Stein 01:46:22