Hilton rider shines in Msunduzi Road Challenge

2011-10-31 00:00

HILTON rider Edward Greene stole the limelight with a comprehensive victory in the 126 km road race of the Msunduzi Road Challenge after a decisive break on the closing stages of the race.

The Team RSAWeb cyclist was part of an 11 rider breakaway that split the front peleton shortly after the halfway point at Dalton. He made his move as the contenders reached the outer city limits, and reached the finish at Alexandra Park alone after a gutsy solo break.

Greene’s break splintered the front bunch as rider tried individually to try and catch him.

William Bush finished second with another U/23 rider Kallen Williams filling the last spot on the podium, just ahead of elite rider Abraham le Roux.

Another road racing icon Andrew Mclean took his 45-49 year age group title and was fifth overall, confirming his return to form after a two month injury layoff.

The 110 km race was won by Gauteng rider Mark Langman, racing in the 50-54 age group. He broke away from a big bunch who diced for the two remaining places on the podium, which went to Uwe Schmidt and Gary Beneke.

The 90 km race was won overall in a sprint to the line by Maurice Connor, edging out impressive Norwegian Sissel Vien, who won both her time trial and road race in her 50-54 year category.

The event doubled as the national road championship title decider in several masters age groups following the cancellation of the event in Port Elizabeth that had been awarded the champs.

Lindy Erasmus won the 30-35 age group, beating time-trial champ Nanette Burger, who was unusually off-form on the road, conceding the SA champs jersey to Erasmus.

The event served as a dress rehearsal for the UCI World Cycling Tour finals next year that was awarded to the Msunduzi Road Challenge last month.

Race director Alex Lenferna said he was pleased with the outcome of the time trial and the road race, and thanked the people of Pietermaritzburg for their understanding of the road closures.

Summary of results

Msunduzi Road Challenge

126 km:

1. Edward Greene 3:22:11 U23

2. William Bush 3:22:40 U23

3. Kallen Williams 3:23:00 U 23

4. Abraham Le Roux 3:23:06 Elite

5.Andrew McLean 3:23:10 45 - 49

1 10 km:

1.Mark Langman 3:10:17 50-52

2.Uwe Schmidt 3:10:48 50-54

3.Gary Beneke 3:10:48 45-49

4.Paul Furbank 3:10:48 55-59

5.Adriaan Beukes 3:10:49 50-54

90km:

1.Maurice Connor 2:47:35 65-69

2.Sissel Vien 2:47:36 F 50-54

3.Francesco Sperotto 2:51:55 65-69

4.Pauline Cound 2:58:59 F 50-54

5.Alma Bester 3:01:42 F50-54

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