Masters and youngsters race for glory

The Elite Women may have stolen the show on day three of the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships in Westville, KwaZulu-Natal, today but there were a host of other age categories that competed for National Championship status in a number of race distances along the 18 kilometre circuit.

From the Men and Women Masters’ categories catering for riders over the age of 30-years-old to the sizzling U16 Boys and Girls, the tandems and the very young age groups of U10-U14, racing action continued throughout the day. The U10-U14 categories were not part of the South African Championship but the riders were awarded special trophies and jerseys.

Free State cyclist Ben Britz (16) claimed the U16 National Title in a very tight race over the 85-kilometre distance. The peloton stayed together for most of the race until the penultimate lap when the group whittled down to a dozen riders. Britz, who launched a final attack within the last three kilometres of the race, managed to stay clear of his chasers, taking the victory in 02:28:06, with Jeandre Gautier (16) finishing second (02:28:09) and Rickardo Broxham (16), third (02:28:12).

“It was a hard race,” said Britz. “I was worried there would be a bunch sprint but towards the end, the bunch split. On the last hill I was lucky to break away and make a go for the finish. I was stressing that I might get caught but am happy to take the win.”

The U16 Girls race also presented its challenges as they took to the road in the heat of the day, which made it difficult and uncomfortable for them. Race winner Tiffany Keep (01:34:18) enjoyed the chance to play out some race tactics with the U14 Boys Travis Stedman and Callum Osborne, launching several attacks from the end of lap one until the end of the three-lap race.

“The experience of racing at the 2016 SA Champs was a great one,” said Keep (16). “Each time we attacked, the strong BestMed riders Zelda Britz and Ashleigh Parsons (16) would close us down. On the last lap I got a five-metre gap and powered the last descent in my big ring as much as I could and got the win. It was a very close finish but I’m very happy with the tactics involved and happy to win in amongst strong competition.” It was Parsons who claimed second place in 01:34:43 with Thana Groenewald (16) finishing third (01:38:11).

Young Travis Stedman (14) won his race in a tight bunch sprint, edging out Benjamin Brown (14) and Callum Osborne (13) into second and third places respectively. The winning time was 01:33:00.

“It was a good race out there today,” said Stedman. “We did take some strain from the sun though. We had quite a good breakaway but because of the heat we began to tire quite a bit. But all in all it was a very good race.”

On the other end of the scale, the Masters’ Men and Women put on some fine displays of cycling power in their respective races. In the Men 45-49 race, Andrew Westaway (48) also calculated his attack on the last uphill before the finish, securing the victory in 03:08:29, just ahead of second placed Samuel de Swardt (48) and Bryan Cusack (49 - both 03:08:34).

“It was a nice race and I liked the hills,” said Westaway. “It was on the last hill where I managed to break away from the bunch and was about 100m ahead to take the win.”

Jill Edwardes (60) won her 60-64 race, which covered a 68 kilometre distance, in 02:16:53. The first lap was quite slow with all the women’s age groups keeping together until the start of the second lap when the pace increased and the younger packs broke away, splitting the pack.

“I drifted off a little bit off the back and was alone and waited for the next lady to come along,” said Edwardes. “We tried to work together and then I got away, and on the final lap I took the win. It’s awesome!”

Wendy Bloom (62) claimed the silver medal in 02:22:17, with Ilna Lemmer (61) claiming a bronze medal in 02:24:32.

Sixty-eight-year-old Sya Giles, who won the Women’s 65-70+ 51km race, appealed to more older women to join them and cycle. “There’s much more fun when there’s a group of cyclists,” she said. “There are a lot of women racing up until the age of about 50. They seem to enjoy races like the “Argus” and Amashova but not the regional or National Championships.”

Second placed Jan Phelan (67) said: “It was such an advantage to race at 07:00 this morning and miss the heat,” she said.

Desray Sebregts (38) successfully defended her Championship Title when she won her 102-kilometre 35-39 race. “I’m over the moon! I knew the route from 2014, and knew that if I could get away on the hills, then we could split the group. One of the riders got away early but we thought she was in a different age group to us. When we realised we were behind by three minutes, it was cat and mouse to try and chase her and I managed to close the gap. I was going to launch my attack on the second last lap but the headwind was hectic, so I went on the last lap and it paid off. The stripes are mine,” she beamed.

Machelle Bremer finished in second place in 03:06:10 with Nicolene Naude (37), third in 03:06:10.

Racing continues tomorrow in Westville with the Elite, U23 and Junior Men, Junior Women and the Masters’ Men 30-34 and 35-39, which begins at 07:00. Come and support South Africa’s greatest road cyclists in their quest to be crowned the SA National Road Champion. There is no entry fee to watch this fantastic display of road cycling, but please take note of the road closures and alternative routes in order to get to the race venue timeously.

You can watch the racing action unfold live on your computer or mobile device via live streaming, www.streamit360.tv. Live timing can also be found at http://www.mobii.com/csa/sarc/.

For further event information, please visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-road-champs/

ENDS

Summary of Results – 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships – Saturday 13 February 2016

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ROAD RACE

Masters Men 40-44 (119km)

1.Robby Rodrigues 03:08:40
2.Carl Lotter 03:08:41
3.Bernhard Westra 03:08:47

Masters Men 45-49 (119km)

1.Andrew Westaway 03:08:29
2.Samuel de Swardt 03:08:34
3.Bryan Cusack 03:08:34

Masters Men 50-54 (85km)

1.Jackie van Eeden 02:13:02
2.Gary Beneke 02:13:23
3.Simon Cleminson 02:13:23

Masters Men 55-59 (85km)

1.Hendrik Leon Olivier 02:13:21
2.Mark Langman 02:13:24
3.Charles Nienaber 02:13:27

Masters Men 60-64 (85km)

1.Johan Spies 02:37:06
2.Bobby Nefdt 02:37:39
3.Reginald Piper 02:38:03

Masters Men 65-69 (68km)

1.Corne Taljaard 02:05:59
2.Paul Pelser 02:06:08
3.Tim Oglesby 02:06:15

Masters Men 70-74 (68km)

1.Jan van den Berg 02:07:03
2.John Hilton Passmore 02:19:40
3.Peter Goble 02:39:53

Masters Men 75-80+ (51km)

1.Vincent Kelly 01:42:59
2.Mike Smith 02:00:58
3.Arthur Duncan 02:07:50

Masters Women 30-34 (102km)

1.Riana Robertson 03:06:11
2.Tanya Barnes 03:06:14
3.Lauren Coleman 03:06:14

Masters Women 35-39 (102km)

1.Desray Sebregts 03:05:48
2.Machelle Bremer 03:06:10
3.Nicolene Naude 03:06:10

Masters Women 40-44 (102km)

1.Tracy Watcham 03:14:34
2.Adele Janse van Vuuren 03:14:34

Masters Women 45-49 (102km)

1.Monica Glover 03:14:25
2.Lauren Wolff 03:14:25
3.Nicolene Thiebaut 03:14:30

Masters Women 50-54 (68km)

1.Elize Janse van Rensburg 02:04:25
2.Tina Brenzel 02:04:53
3.Heather Watson 02:12:01

Masters Women 55-59 (68km)

1.Hester de Klerk 02:14:29
2.Belinda Stein 02:17:50
3.Alma Bester 02:20:20

Masters Women 60-64 (68km)

1.Jill Edwardes 02:16:53
2.Wendy Bloom 02:22:17
3.Ilna Lemmer 02:24:32

Masters Women 65-70+ (51km)

1.Sya Giles 01:56:55
2.Jan Phelan 02:04:11

U16 Boys (85km)

1.Ben Britz 02:28:06
2.Jeandre Gautier 02:28:09
3.Rickardo Broxham 02:28:12

U16 Girls (51km)

1.Tiffany Keep 01:34:18
2.Kelsey van Schoor 01:34:18
3.Azulde Britz 01:34:24

Tandem Mixed (85km)

1.Carla Oberholzer/Stefan Oberholzer 02:16:12
2.Kirsten Schut/Mark Elliott 02:16:14
3.Charlene Roux/Petri Strydom 02:22:16

Tandem Open (85km)

1.Jay Spendley/Werner Roux 02:16:07
2.Christo van der Merwe/Casper Kruger 02:16:08
3.Rinus Maarsingh/Dirk Marsingh 02:16:19

Not part of the SA Championship, but awarded special trophies and jerseys:

U14 Boys (51km)

1.Travis Stedman 01:33:00
2.Benjamin Brown 01:33:00
3.Callum Osborne 01:35:15

U14 Girls (34km)

1.Chante Olivier 01:12:38
2.Chloe Bateson 01:12:52
3.Mischka Strydom 01:13:19

U12 Boys (34km)

1.Ronan Hill 01:14:23
2.Shaun Wolfaardt 01:14:32
3.Blaise Stainbank 01:15:12

U12 Girls (17km)

1.Lalique Broxham 00:36:09
2.Mia Fortuin 00:36:28
3.Kita Uys 00:39:32

U10 Boys (17km)

1.Francois de Jager 00:33:44
2.Evan Moolman 00:35:30
3.Nathan Luke Hattingh 00:40:25

U10 Girls (17km)

1.Danel de Jager 00:42:23
2.Chanica Botes 00:43:45
3.Jessie Munton 00:55:23