Impey clinches the double, Moolman Pasio secures women’s Road Race title

Daryl Impey and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio are South Africa’s most recent Elite National Champions when they trumped their competitors at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships, held in the City of Tshwane from 7-10 February. With both riders competed without the support of teammates, they delivered a tactical race to launch attacks at the right time to secure their respective victories in the Elite Men and Women’s races.

Elite/U23 Men

Defending champion Daryl Impey’s current form saw his Time Trial and Road Race efforts rewarded with the national jerseys in both disciplines at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships held in the City of Tshwane from 7-10 February. Photo: Cycling SA/Rika Joubert

Defending champion Daryl Impey’s current form saw his Time Trial and Road Race efforts rewarded with the national jerseys in both disciplines at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships held in the City of Tshwane from 7-10 February. Photo: Cycling SA/Rika Joubert

Defending champion Daryl Impey’s current form saw his Time Trial and Road Race efforts rewarded with the national jerseys in both disciplines. He had just come off the historic back-to-back win at the Tour Down Under in Australia. His Time Trial win was his seventh consecutive victory having won eight in total since 2011 (2011, 2013-2019). The road race win marked his second consecutive victory.

The 162-kilometre race incorporated 14 laps around the Union Buildings in Pretoria with the final shorter lap including the climb up the infamous Tom Jenkins Road, with a gradient of 8.4%.

In a race littered with breakaways from riders such as Kent Main, Calvin Beneke, Myles van Musschenbroek, Byron Munton as a four-man group early on, Jacques Janse van Rensburg solo for a few laps, and Rohan du Plooy on his own as well, Nic Dlamini and Jayde Julius broke away from the peloton with 15km to go and gave a valiant effort to hold the lead until the final lap.

Impey then launched an attack and caught Dlamini to time trial for the remaining three kilometres to seal the victory. Ryan Gibbons and Stefan de Bod were the two riders to give chase but settled for second and third place respectively while Impey secured his second consecutive road race title.

Daryl Impey said: “I’ve been in this situation a few times before in previous years, so I’ve had a little bit of experience. I kept everyone in the game and kept everyone interested and had to close a few gaps, but I did them at the right time. It was a tough race and they threw everything at me, and it came down to the last climb, which was so hard that it was up to the legs on who would win it. Fortunately, I had good legs and I’m really proud of my effort today.”

Nic Dlamini posted on Instagram after the race: “Came in hot at nationals yesterday with a long range attack to be caught 6km to go after a big effort. I've always wanted to win nationals and yesterday was the closest attempt. It was all or nothing. Finishing 5th was also not too bad!”

Elite/U23 Women

Multiple National Champion Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio clinched the Elite Women’s road race title at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships held in the City of Tshwane from 7-10 February. Photo: Cycling SA/Rika Joubert

Multiple National Champion Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio clinched the Elite Women’s road race title at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships held in the City of Tshwane from 7-10 February. Photo: Cycling SA/Rika Joubert

Multiple National Champion Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio clinched the women’s road race title after attacking at the Union Buildings. This year’s title was her fifth, having notched up the victories from 2012-2015 in previous years.

The 136-kilometre race was made up of 12 laps with an additional final shorter lap up the Tom Jenkins Road climb.

On the fourth lap, Juanita Venter broke away to deliver an aggressive performance which saw her maintain the lead for approximately 90km. Joanna van de Winkel launched an attack in the chase group on lap 10, but Moolman-Pasio quickly countered. A chase group of defending champion Carla Oberholzer, as well as Nicola Biani, Moolman-Pasio, Van de Winkel and Tiffany Keep kept the pressure on.

On the final lap, Moolman-Pasio passed a devastated Venter at the feed zone after she was forced to stop due to a mechanical. Venter tried hard to regain the wheel of the new race leader, but Moolman-Pasio pushed her limits as she soloed towards the finish line to claim the victory. Venter hung on tight to secure second place and the silver medal, while Van de Winkel broke away from the chase bunch to settle for third place.

The Time Trial saw Liezel Jordaan collect her second consecutive national title when she recorded the fastest time of 00:38:47 along the 26km route, almost a minute ahead of second place rider Zanri Rossouw (00:39:48) and Juanita Venter in third (00:40:03).

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio said: “I had a really good race and it was a good course – a classic style course that was a little technical with the climbs and of course Tom Jenkins. I did expect to have to leave it to the last climb on Tom Jenkins to really break away solo, so I was surprised to get away at the Union Buildings already. A huge congrats to Juanita she had me worried for a moment – that gap was not coming down and that’s when I decided to go earlier. Congrats on that impressive ride and holding on to second place. It’s very special to win this title again – it’s been a couple of years now that I haven’t. I came to Pretoria with high hopes to go for the double but suffered a bad experience after an allergic reaction on Thursday.”

Para-cycling

Multiple National Champion and UCI World Champion Pieter du Preez added the national road race and time trial titles to his list of career accomplishments at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships held in the City of Tshwane from 7-10 February. Photo: Cycling SA/Rika Joubert

Multiple National Champion and UCI World Champion Pieter du Preez added the national road race and time trial titles to his list of career accomplishments at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships held in the City of Tshwane from 7-10 February. Photo: Cycling SA/Rika Joubert

The competitive T2 tricycle race saw Goldy Fuchs clinch the gold medal ahead of Gerhard Viljoen at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships held in the City of Tshwane from 7-10 February. Photo: Cycling SA/Rika Joubert

The competitive T2 tricycle race saw Goldy Fuchs clinch the gold medal ahead of Gerhard Viljoen at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships held in the City of Tshwane from 7-10 February. Photo: Cycling SA/Rika Joubert

The diverse Para-cycling categories saw a mix of international and national champions on the start line of their respective events to tackle the slightly different 10km route, which excluded the steep Edmond Street. Distances ranged from 20km (H1-3, C1-3, T1-2) to 50km (C4-C5) and 60km (H4-H5, V).

Multiple National Champion and UCI World Champion Pieter du Preez added the national road race and time trial titles to his list of career accomplishments. He completed the 20km H1 handcycling race in a time of 00:49:43. Palesa Manaleng’s H3 handcycle race saw her finish in a time of 01:21:32, while she completed the TT in a time of 00:53:11. Lionel Scholtz beat Juan Odendaal by five minutes in the C3 class, finishing in 01:32:24; while the roles were reversed in the TT where Odendaal claimed the title by just under a minute.

C2 racer Phillo Verlaat placed a 10-minute time advantage between himself and second placed Oswald Kydd, while his victory margin in the TT was considerably tighter against Kydd (+01:00). Andries van Aarde (C1) finished the road race in 02:05:52 and scored the double with the TT medal as well.

The competitive T2 tricycle race saw Goldy Fuchs stay ahead of his challenger Gerhard Viljoen in both the Time Trial and Road Race events – in the road race, he completed the two laps in a time of 00:37:07. Toni Mould delivered a brave performance in the Women’s T1 Time Trial, finishing the route in 00:53:35.

In the C4 race, Reuben van Niekerk displayed his dominance when he won the 50km race against Attie Botha in a time of 01:53:59; while Botha claimed the TT title. Brandon Skews finished the C3 race in 01:55:41 ahead of Hennie Myburg and Christian Duvenage. Skews also won the Time Trial gold medal, in a tight race against Duvenage.

The 60km H4 handcycle race saw Gysie van der Niet win his race against Barend Coetzee in a time of 02:12:22; this result was a carbon copy of the TT, where Van der Niet won by a margin of four minutes. Andries Scheepers finished the H5 class in 01:53:54, claiming the TT title as well.

Masters

Octogenarians Michael Smith (rear - winner) and Arthur Duncan (front - second) kept the racing close in the 80+ category at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships held in the City of Tshwane from 7-10 February. Photo: Cycling SA/Rika Joubert

Octogenarians Michael Smith (rear - winner) and Arthur Duncan (front - second) kept the racing close in the 80+ category at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships held in the City of Tshwane from 7-10 February. Photo: Cycling SA/Rika Joubert

Nic White secured his victory in the Men 45-49 age category in a time 03:16:09 at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships held in the City of Tshwane from 7-10 February. Photo: Cycling SA/Rika Joubert

Nic White secured his victory in the Men 45-49 age category in a time 03:16:09 at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships held in the City of Tshwane from 7-10 February. Photo: Cycling SA/Rika Joubert

The ultra-competitive Masters’ categories brought about their own excitement as the non-elite age groups from 30 years to 70+ delivered some exhilarating racing.

Sunday’s 122km road race for the 30-49 age categories saw Jack van Wyk claim gold against Adolph Krige in the Men 30-34 class in a time of 03:10:36; while Egon Campbell squeezed a victory against Jaco Cronje in the 35-39 race in a time of 03:08:20, clinching the title by half a minute. Jaco Ferreira won a tight race in the 40-44 class when he crossed the line 10 seconds ahead of Thys Oosthuizen, completing the race in a time of 03:18:48. Nic White secured his victory in the 45-49 age category against David Labuschagne in a time 03:16:09.

The 96km distance awaited the 50-59 categories, with Graeme Cronje getting his wheel across the line by a whisker against Andrew Westaway – both recording a time of 02:36:39. Gary Beneke held the edge in the 55-59 race when he won in a time of 2:36:39 against Jose Antunes 2:36:57.

Charles Nienaber (60-64) and Noel Ziady (65-69) delivered top performances to earn gold medals in their races over a distance of 66km.

Saturday’s racing was just as intense when the Women’s 30-49 age groups took to the streets to race the 106km distance. Linda Jooste won the 30-34 event in a time of 3:32:07, while Lizle Rosenstein narrowly clinched the title in the 35-39 event 3:32:03 as Michelle Andrew settled for a silver medal (3:32:03) and Lauren Coleman for bronze (3:32:04). Desray Foyn delivered a winning performance to secure victory in the 40-44 race in 3:18:22 against Marisa Van Der Linde; while Linda Fouche beat Natalie Madies in the 45-49 contest in a time of 3:21:08.

The Women’s 60+ category saw a sprint for the line after 50km of racing when Erna Du Toit edged out Hester De Klerk (2nd) and Bets Koegelenberg (3rd), all recording a time of 1:45:58.

Sandra Brookstone won the 60km event in the 55-59 class in a time of 1:54:18; and Fiddy Gey Van Pittius commanded the 50-54 race in 1:46:38.

Earlier in the day, the Grand Master Men 70+ categories completed the 60km course – Octogenarians Michael Smith and Arthur Duncan kept the racing close in the 80+ category with Smith emerging the victor in a time of 2:03:31. Maurice Connor beat Jan Van Den Berg in the 75-79 class in 1:57:33; while Willie Bauscher clinched the 70-74 title against Rudolf Jonker in 1:51:39.

Junior/Youth

KwaZulu-Natal Cycling will host the South African Junior & Youth Road National Championships in Westville from 22-23 June 2019. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for news and updates. Read more here.

Summary of Results – 2019 SA ROAD National Championships – City of Tshwane

Full results can be viewed here.

Sunday 10 February 2019 – ROAD RACE

Men Elite/U23
1.Daryl Impey 3:54:30
2.Ryan Gibbons 3:54:55
3.Stefan De Bod 3:55:01

Men 30-34
1.Jack Van Wyk 3:10:36
2.Adolph Krige 3:14:55
3.Marnus Potgieter 3:15:09

Men 35-39
1.Egon Campbell 3:08:20
2.Jaco Cronje 3:08:54
3.Gert Fouche 3:10:23

Men 40-44
1.Jaco Ferreira 3:18:48
2.Thys Oosthuizen 3:18:58
3.Ignus Oosthuizen 3:19:40

Men 45-49
1.Nicholas White 3:16:09
2.David Labuschagne 3:18:41
3.Mark Spencer 3:18:45

Men 50-54
1.Graeme Cronje 2:36:39
2.Andrew Westaway 2:36:39
3.Ian Martin 2:36:57

Men 55-59
1.Gary Beneke 2:36:39
2.Jose Antunes 2:36:57
3.Adriaan Beukes 2:37:18

Men 60-64
1.Charles Nienaber 1:54:52
2.Paul Lancaster 1:55:02
3.Charles Naude 1:55:04

Men 65-69
1.Noel Ziady 1:55:42
2.Robert Nefdt 1:58:04
3.David Marshall 1:58:05

Saturday 9 February 2019 – ROAD RACE

Women Elite/U23
1.Ashleigh Moolman Pasio 4:01:40
2.Juanita Venter 4:03:31
3.Joanna Van De Winkel 4:04:41

Women 60+
1.Erna Du Toit 1:45:58
2.Hester De Klerk 1:45:58
3.Bets Koegelenberg 1:45:58

Women 55-59
1.Sandra Brookstone 1:54:18
2.Jeanette Naude 1:58:51

Women 50-54
1.Fiddy Gey Van Pittius 1:46:38
2.Kobie-Marie Kritzinger 1:51:34
3.Jillian Jacobs 1:56:44

Women 45-49
1.Linda Fouche 3:21:08
2.Natalie Madies 3:21:51
3.Jodi Zulberg 3:27:13

Women 40-44
1.Desray Foyn 3:18:22
2.Marisa Van Der Linde 3:21:08
3.Natasha Botha 3:31:21

Women 35-39
1.Lizle Rosenstein 3:32:03
2.Michelle Andrew 3:32:03
3.Lauren Coleman 3:32:04

Women 30-34
1.Linda Jooste 3:32:07
2.Tanya Barnes 3:34:30

Men 80+
1.Michael Smith 2:03:31
2.Arthur Duncan 2:07:43

Men 75-79
1.Maurice Connor 1:57:33
2.Jan Van Den Berg 1:58:18

Men 70-74
1.Willie Bauscher 1:51:39
2.Rudolf Jonker 1:57:04
3.Willie De Jong 1:58:18

Para C3
1.Lionel Scholtz 1:32:24
2.Juan Odendaal 1:37:28

Para C1
1.Andries Van Aarde 2:05:52

Para C2
1.Phillo Verlaat 1:32:23
2.Oswald Kydd 1:42:12
3.Charl Parkin 1:56:51

Para H3 W
1.Palesa Manaleng 1:21:32

Para H1
1.Pieter Du Preez 49:43

Para T2
1.Goldy Fuchs 37:07
2.Gerhard Viljoen 40:39

Para H5
1.Andries Scheepers 1:53:54

Para H4
1.Gysie Van Der Niet 2:12:22
2.Barend Coetzee 2:29:32

Para C5
1.Brandon Skews 1:55:41
2.Johannes Hendrik Rudolf (Hennie) Myburg 2:19:24
3.Christian Duvenage 2:24:38

Para C4
1.Reuben Van Niekerk 1:53:59
2.Attie Botha 2:21:29

Friday 8 February 2019 – TIME TRIAL

Men Elite
1.Daryl Impey 0:57:46.19
2.Stefan De Bod 0:58:57.76
3.Louis Meintjes 1:01:54.08

Men U23
1.Byron Munton 0:32:38.95
2.Gregory De Vink 0:33:50.64
3.Andries Nigrini 0:34:34.13

Men 40-44
1.Thys Oosthuizen 0:35:10.24
2.Rob Stewart 0:36:36.21
3.Waldemar Marek Wasowicz 0:36:42.04

Men 45-49
1.Julien Van Der Pluym 0:36:17.61
2.Johann Naude 0:36:59.40
3.David Labuschagne 0:37:18.14

Men 50-54
1.Graeme Cronje 0:36:02.74
2.Michael Bevan 0:36:21.22
3.Samuel De Swardt 0:37:29.25

Men 55-59
1.Gwyn Pine 0:36:14.84
2.Jannie Schoeman 0:37:56.17
3.Jackie Van Eeden 0:38:04.61

Men 30-34
1.Marnus Potgieter 0:37:03.59
2.Haig Gibb 0:37:23.42
3.Juan Swanepoel 0:38:03.60

Men 35-39
1.Gert Fouche 0:33:57.34
2.Johann Kruger 0:35:31.45
3.Alex Pavlov 0:35:31.81

Thursday 7 February 2019 – TIME TRIAL

Women Elite
1.Liezel Jordaan 0:38:47.11
2.Zanri Rossouw 0:39:48.41
3.Juanita Venter 0:40:03.04

Women U23
1.Tiffany Keep 0:40:08.79
2.Elne Owen 0:44:11.88
3.Danielle Van Niekerk 0:48:04.80

Women 30-34
1.Tanya Barnes 0:45:00.38
2.Meghan Brinkley 0:49:22.39

Para T2
1.Goldy Fuchs 0:26:29.42
2.Gerhard Viljoen 0:28:34.88

Para T1 W
1.Toni Mould 0:53:35.11

Para C5
1.Brandon Skews 0:27:55.85
2.Christian Duvenage 0:28:12.07
3.Johannes Myburg 0:32:28.56

Para C4
1.Attie Botha 0:30:10.85

Para C3
1.Juan Odendaal 0:22:40.11
2.Lionel Scholtz 0:23:44.35

Para C2
1.Phillo Verlaat 0:25:35.74
2.Oswald Kydd 0:26:36.39
3.Charl Parkin 0:27:21.48

Para C1
1.Andries Van Aarde 0:38:29.04

Para H1
1.Pieter Du Preez 0:40:08.12

Para H3 W
1.Palesa Manaleng 0:53:11.34

Para H4
1.Gysie Van Der Niet 0:29:00.33
2.Barend Coetzee 0:33:12.12

Para H5
1.Andries Scheepers 0:26:19.86

Men 60-64
1.Charles Naude 0:22:08.04
2.Charles Nienaber 0:22:12.70
3.Pierre Van Hell 0:23:17.34

Men 65-69
1.Cobus Slabbert 0:23:54.24
2.Walter Thornhill 0:26:16.39

Men 70-74
1.Jan Bauscher 0:22:16.41
2.Willie Passmore 0:24:38.33
3.John Jonker 0:24:49.05

Men 75-79
1.Jan Van Den Berg 0:25:16.05

Men 80+
1.Michael Smith 0:33:05.01

Women 40-44
1.Marisa Van Der Linde 0:23:06.35
2.Lee-Zaan Hinrichsen 0:24:15.26
3.Veronica Botes 0:30:47.04

Women 45-49
1.Jodi Zulberg 0:23:01.77
2.Linda Fouche 0:23:45.70
3.Martie Joubert 0:23:50.98

Women 50-54
1.Fiddy Gey Van Pittius 0:24:17.46
2.Desiree Dickinson 0:25:54.16
3.Ilse Kruger 0:25:57.73

Women 55-59
1.Petronella Bailey 0:25:57.18

Women 60-64
1.Bets Koegelenberg 0:27:20.00