Mbombela – As the programme at the 2015 Pennypinchers South African Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships heats up the elite men’s and women’s Time Trials took centre stage on Thursday with defending champions Daryl Impey and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio both proving too strong for their respective fields as they took home the national time trial championship jerseys.
The ladies race lost it’s competitive edge slightly when Lauren Dance pulled out prior to the race but it was always going to be a case of catching Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio who was too strong for the field and powered her way to another South African national championship.
“I was the last off today which meant that the plan was to chase down the riders in front of me but with Lauren withdrawing it meant that Heidi (Dalton) was the closest rider too me and she was two minutes away,” the champion said. “I pushed really hard from the beginning and when I knew that I had a substantial lead it was a case of maintaining and it is just really special to win my third Time Trial in a row!”
Conditions were a little different for the ladies who went off after the men so it was a little warmer for them but Moolman-Pasio was not worried about the heat and she felt that it was something that could give her an edge.
“I have been training up here in Mpumalanga recently and so I have become quite used to the conditions and I think the heat is actually an advantage for me, it is something that I am used to.
“I have had a really nice block of training recently so I went into the event feeling good and it all worked out really well for me,” she added.
The only other women’s race on Thursday was the Junior Women’s race, which was won by Frances du Toit who beat off Lynette Benson and Anje Gerber for the top step of the podium.
The Veteran ladies also tackled the technical Time Trial course on Thursday with Adele Janse van Vuuren taking the honours in the Ladies 40-44 age category and Monica Glover was the strongest rider in the Women’s 45-49 bracket.
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 http://www.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 THREE
1. Ashleigh Moolman Pasio 46:31
2. Cherise Stander 47:37
3. Heidi Dalton 48:49
4. Bronwyn Copeland 49:47
5. Juanita Venter 49:58
1. Frances du Toit 34:02
2. Lynette Benson 35:04
3. Anja Gerber 37:20
4. Ame Venter 38:17
5. Danielle van Niekerk 41:31
Vets Ladies 40-44
1. Adele Jansen van Vuuren 35:18
2. Elisa Maria Gianchino 36:32
3. Nadia Visser 37:52
Vets Ladies 45-49
1. Monica Glover 35:41
2. Yvette Negrine 37:16
3. Judith Kerr 37:48
Under 12 Girls
1. Chante Olivier 41:57
2. Tayla Nortje 51:17
3. Georgia Robyn-Anne Dungan 01:00:33
Under 14 Girls
1. Simone Faber 01:10:11
2. Sarah Ryan 01:10:12
3. Kelsey Jade van Schoor 01:10:24
Under 16 Girls
1. Tiffany Keep 01:52:34
2. Azulde Britz 01:52:39
3. Ashleigh Parsons 01:52:41