Tiano da Silva, Frances Janse van Rensburg claim double junior road race titles

Tiano da Silva won the Men’s Junior road race title at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships for Junior, Youth and younger in Westville on Sunday 23 June 2019.

Tiano da Silva won the Men’s Junior road race title at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships for Junior, Youth and younger in Westville on Sunday 23 June 2019.

Frances Janse van Rensburg won the Women’s Junior road race title at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships for Junior, Youth and younger in Westville on Sunday 23 June 2019.

Frances Janse van Rensburg won the Women’s Junior road race title at the 2019 SA ROAD National Championships for Junior, Youth and younger in Westville on Sunday 23 June 2019.

A glorious Durban winter’s weekend delivered the ideal conditions for the inaugural SA ROAD National Championships held solely for the Junior, Youth and younger categories on 22 and 23 June 2019. Tiano da Silva and Frances Janse van Rensburg won the Men and Women’s Junior road race championships along the 112km and 80km distances in times of three hours five minutes and 38 seconds and two hours 33 minutes 15 seconds respectively.

“It’s a crazy feeling,” said Frances on Facebook. “I had one goal and that was to win. The plan was to break away solo. I attacked on the third of five laps and opened a gap. What followed was a 35km solo breakaway that I can only describe as the deepest, hardest dig of my life to keep the gap.”

The first SA Road National Championships for Junior and Youth categories, hosted by KwaZulu-Natal Cycling, was specifically held during the school holidays in a brand-new format whereby the number of race days were reduced to two with a tighter programme.

Saturday’s Time Trial was held in the Lion Park/Camperdown region. Tiano da Silva opened his weekend with victory in the Men’s U19 (junior) race by completing the 23.6km route in a time of 00:31:12. He was followed by Travis Stedman 00:31:28 in second place and Christiaan Klopper 00:31:56 in third place.

In the boys’ categories, Warren Moolman snatched the title from Zander Mertz by one second in the 11.8km U17 race, with Bertie Emmett Anderson rounding out the podium. Also racing 11.8km were the U15 Boys, with Adriaan van Zyl taking the spoils by almost 40 seconds over Shaun Wolfaardt and Sean Yelland finishing third. Competing in the Boys U13 race, Morgan Jones secured his victory against Leroux van der Leek in a time of 00:17:27 with Matthew Horter settling for third place over the 10km route. It was Camaron Wilcox who won the Boys U11 8km race in a time of 00:16:36, with Connor Hawkins and Ferdi Botha rounding out the podium.

In the women’s categories, Frances Janse van Rensburg echoed her male counterpart’s achievement by opening her weekend with the Time Trial victory, completing the 11.8km route in a time of 00:18:03. Kelsey Jade van Schoor finished second (00:18:16) while Sophia Friedrich rounded out the podium (00:18:49).

Also completing 11.8km, Chante Olivier won the Girls U17 race with Chloe Bateson Chante Oosthuizen completing the podium places. Kita Uys secured victory in the Girls U15 10km race in 00:16:49 with Jessie Munton (00:16:56) second and Mienke Boshoff (00:18:17), third. Kita’s sister, Kyla, won the Girls U13 race in 00:14:14 over the 8km distance, with Mina van der Walt (00:15:51) second and Danel de Jager (00:15:51) in third place.

Sunday’s road races provided spectacular entertainment as the secure circuit in Westville, which was closed to traffic, offered a safe environment for the participants to challenge the titles.

Racing along the 80km distance, the Boys U17 was won by Bertie Emmett Anderson in 02:20:53, keeping ahead of the pack as Jason Eggett and Zandre Gerber finished second and third respectively in a time of 02:23:03. The Boys U15 and Girls U17 races covered 59km and saw Adriaan van Zyl (01:48:03) and Chante Olivier (01:49:43) claim national titles respectively. Guastaf Roller secured victory in the Boys U13 32km race in a time of 01:04:29, while Kita Uys earned her double title in the Girls U15 race in 01:04:29. Camaron Wilcox and Kyla Uys showed their dominance in the Boys U11 and Girls U13 events when they covered the 16km distance in the fastest times to secure double national titles as well.

KZN Cycling President, Greg Stedman, said: “This event will provide the cornerstone of youth development in road cycling, and we believe that we can grow the programme into providing more opportunities for our youth and juniors into the future.”

Summary of Results – 2019 SA ROAD National Championships for Juniors, Youth and younger

Time Trial

Men U19 (Junior) – 23.6km
1.Tiano DA SILVA 00:31:12
2.Travis STEDMAN 00:31:28
3.Christiaan KLOPPER 00:31:56

Boys U17 (Youth) – 11.8km
1.Warren MOOLMAN 00:16:38
2.Zander MERTZ 00:16:39
3.Bertie Emmett ANDERSON 00:16:48

Boys U15 – 11.8km
1.Adriaan VAN ZYL 00:18:28
2.Shaun WOLFAARDT 00:19:06
3.Sean YELLAND 00:20:02

Boys U13 – 10km
1.Morgan JONES 00:17:27
2.Leroux VAN DER LEEK 00:18:16
3.Matthew HORTER 00:18:17 

Boys U11 – 8km
1.Camaron WILCOX 00:16:36
2.Connor HAWKINS 00:17:44
3.Ferdi BOTHA 00:17:59

 

Women U19 (Junior) – 11.8km
1.Frances JANSE VAN RENSBURG 00:18:03
2.Kelsey Jade VAN SCHOOR 00:18:16
3.Sophia FRIEDRICH 00:18:49

Girls U17 (Youth) – 11.8km
1.Chante OLIVIER 00:17:45
2.Chloe BATESON 00:18:19
3.Chante OOSTHUIZEN 00:18:28

Girls U15 – 10km
1.Kita UYS 00:16:49
2.Jessie MUNTON 00:16:56
3.Mienke BOSHOFF 00:18:17

Girls U13 - 8km
1.Kyla UYS 00:14:14
2.Mina VAN DER WALT 00:15:51
3.Danel DE JAGER 00:15:51

Road Race

Men U19 (Junior) – 112km
1.Tiano DA SILVA 03:05:38
2.Christiaan KLOPPER 03:06:01
3.Dian FRITZ 03:07:06 

Boys U17 (Youth) – 80km
1.Bertie Emmett ANDERSON 02:20:53
2.Jason EGGETT 02:23:03
3.Zandre' GERBER 02:23:03 

Boys U15 – 59km
1.Adriaan VAN ZYL 01:48:03
2.Shaun WOLFAARDT 01:48:17
3.Louis VENTER 01:51:42 

Boys U13 – 32km
1.Guastaf ROLLER 01:04:29
2.Matthew HORTER 01:04:30
3.Alessandro FANICCHI 01:04:41 

Boys U11 – 16km
1.Camaron WILCOX 00:37:59
2.Connor HAWKINS 00:39:34
3.Kean DALTON 00:44:38 

Women U19 (Junior) – 80km
1.Frances JANSE VAN RENSBURG 02:33:15
2.Kelsey Jade VAN SCHOOR 02:33:48
3.Jone VAN EEDEN 02:38:51 

Girls U17 (Youth) – 59km
1.Chante OLIVIER 01:49:43
2.Caitlin THOMPSON 01:49:44
3.Chloe BATESON 01:49:45 

Girls U15 – 32km
1.Kita UYS 01:04:29
2.Jessie MUNTON 01:04:47
3.Mienke BOSHOFF 01:06:07 

Girls U13 – 16km
1.Kyla UYS 00:34:40
2.Miné VAN DER WALT 00:35:05
3.Danel DE JAGER 00:35:36