SA teams dominate at cycling event

2015-02-10 00:00

THE 2015 Confederation of African Cycling (CAC) Road Championships got under way in sweltering conditions yesterday in Wartburg with the various team time trial events taking place.

The South African teams dominated proceedings, claiming all but one of the gold medals that were on offer.

The day started with the junior women and the title was won by the South African team of four although they were the only team in the event. The junior men’s race was also ­dominated by the hosts as they ­powered to a victory over the ­Morroccan and Namibian teams.

The elite events were closely ­contested with the host nation claiming the gold in the women’s race. Ashleigh Moolman Pasio was happy with the performance considering none of the women had ridden together in a team time trial before yesterday.

“We just wanted to go out there and have fun,” the recently crowned national time trial champion said. “It was a really nice course out there but it was quite tiring and we have been travelling a lot recently with the recent SA Champs in Nelspruit …”

It was the Eritrean Elite Men’s team who produced the strongest ride in their category. They beat the more fancied South African team of four to the title and MTN-Qhubeka’s Merhawi Kudus was elated with his team’s effort in the hot conditions.

“We have had to travel from ­Europe where it has been really cold so it was going to be hard for us today but winning a continental championship title is great,” an elated Kudus said.

Today’s schedule at the African Continental Road Championships will commence with the individual time trials for the Junior Men and Women starting at 9.30 am.

Team Time Trial

Elite Men

1. Eritrea (Daniel Teklehaimanot/Natnael Berhane/Merhawi Kudus/Mekseb Debesay) 01:03.39

2. South Africa (Louis Meintjies/Jay Thomson/Reinhardt Janse Van Rensburg/Nicholas Dlamini) 01:03.42

3. Ethiopia (Tsgabu Grmay/Getachew Atsbha/Temesgen Buru/Kbrom Gidey) 01:04.51

Elite Women

1. South Africa (Ashleigh Pasio/Lise Olivier/Heidi Dalton/Anli Kachelhoffer) 01:17.48

2. Namibia (Michelle Vorster/[Irene Steyn/Vera Adrian) 01:21.53

3. Eritrea (Wahazit Kidane/Mosana Debesay/Tsehainesh Fitsum/Yohana Dawit) 01:23.33

Junior Men

1. South Africa (Jarrod Hattingh/Enno Swanepoel/Gregory de Vink/John Vlok) 34.19

2. Morocco (El Mehdi Chokri/Mohcine El Kouraji/El Houcaine Saebbahi/Abdelilah Radif) 34.39

3. Namibia (Tristen de Lange/Brandon Plaatjies/Herbert Peters) 36.49

Junior Women

1. South Africa (Amy Venter/Frances du Toit/Mandie Swart/Lynette Benson) 45.01

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