African champ going for two UCI final titles

2012-08-18 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG — African road racing champion Lynette Burger is making no bones about her desire to win the 30-34 year age group women’s titles at the UCI World Cycling Tour Final in Pietermaritzburg next week.

The 31-year-old Boksburg- based racer, who has held national and continental titles in track and road racing, qualified strongly at last year’s 111 km road race in the Umsunduzi Road Challenge, but has been hampered by injury from a series of serious crashes in the last 18 months.

However, after a solid build-up to the UWCT Final, the Toyota Cycle Lab rider feels she can claim double gold next week.

“My goal would be to win both the time trial and the road race.

“I’ve worked very hard and believe that with the training that I have done in the last three months that it would be possible.

“Anything can happen on the day, but I’m focused and ready for the challenge,” said Burger.

For Burger, who will be racing in a competitive age category, the prospect of winning a coveted UCI rainbow world champion jersey is a massive motivator.

“Everybody wants those stripes,” said Burger.

“I have the RSA stripes and would love to add the UCI rainbow stripes to it. It is all about personal achievement. I might not be able to win the World Champs on a Elite level, but there is nothing wrong with winning your age category at the UWCT Final.

“For me its about the goal you set and reaching it. If it’s an amateur race or pro race, it’s the time and effort you put in throughout and it does not mean if you are an amateur that you put in less time,” says Burger.

Burger said the final, coming two months earlier in the year than the qualifying event last year, made it tougher to prepare for.

“For the main event it made it difficult because of winter.

“I managed to change the times I trained to make it better and not too cold and did specific training with my Power Tap and the help of my coach/fiancé David Pieterse,” she said.

After racing the qualifying event she has tried to replicate the route in her training in Gauteng. “I have studied the course, but staying in Joburg it’s not possible to train on it . So I managed to find a very similar route for both the time trial and the road race here where I stay that helped me with preparation.”

She is the reigning African champion after winning the road race at the All African Games in Maputo last year.

“My first race was somewhere in the West Rand where I did it on a MTB and got third in the ladies. I was hooked straight away, got my first road bike, which led to many victories,” she said.

UCI World Cycling Tour Final 2012 Programme of events

Monday, August 20 — Social Hill Dash Time Trial

Tuesday, August 21 — Social Mt Verde Road Race — 54 km

Thursday, August 23 — UWCT Time Trial Competition

Saturday, August 25 — UWCT Final 61km Race and UWCT Final — 96 km race

Sunday, August 26 — UWCT 112 km race

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