Double winner in Msunduzi cycle racing

2013-10-28 00:00

PORT Elizabeth resident Francois Geldenhuys produced the fastest overall time yesterday in the road race at the 2013 Msunduzi Road Challenge. Coupled with his time trial victory on Saturday this meant that he completed a pair of victories in his age category on a gloomy day in Noodsberg.

Yesterday’s proved to be more favourable conditions for riding than the time trial on Saturday. The pace of the front runners was fast. A number of fractures occurred along the route that split the field into a number of smaller bunches.

It was evident that the riders were applying pressure because qualification for the 2014 UCI World Cycling Tour finals was up for grabs. As a result, everyone kept their cards close to their chests and jostled for places in their age groups rather than in overall positions.

“There was a bit of negative riding early on,” the 30-34 age category winner Geldenhuys said. “The guys that were specifically racing to qualify held us up a bit but when I managed to get free I felt a lot more comfortable.

“I have been doing a lot of mountain biking and I could feel that my training there really helped me today and gave me that extra bit of power that I needed.

“It was great to come all this way and take two wins from two, I’m really happy,” he added.

Geldenhuys claimed the fastest time of the day when he edged out 16-29 age category winner Adolf Krige by 47 seconds. Krige felt that he produced a great race and with the help of his team-mate Lionel Moolman, he managed to fend off a late attack from local man Kevin Benkenstein.

“It was a really hard course but the race was great and I am happy with how it turned out for me,” Krige said. “My riding partner and I made our move on the second lap and then at the sprint I managed to hold out for the win.”

Johannesburg resident Bruce Diesel had enough in the tank to hold off a last-gasp effort from Alan Henry and Martinus Scheepers to take the title in the men’s 45-49 age category.

Msunduzi Road Challenge results

109 km

16-29 Male: 1. Adolf Krige 03.01.49

2. Kevin Benkenstein 03.01.50

3. Lionel Moolman 03.01.55

30-34 Male: 1. Francois Geldenhuys 03.01.02

2. Michael Viljoen 03.04.28

3. Martin Hillerman 03.04.31

35-39 Male: 1. Trevor Rowe 03.04.21

2. Justin Short 03.13.29

3. Johan du Preez 03.16.39

40-44 Male: 1. Austin Steyn 03.03.52

2. Martin van Wyk 03.03.53

3. Tat Brummer 03.03.55

45-49 Male: 1. Bruce Diesel 03.03.55

2. Alan Henry 03.03.56

3. Martinus Scheepers 03.03.57

50-54 Male: 1. Jackie van Eeden 03.04.55

2. Gary Beneke 03.04.55

3. Paul Kraus 03.04.56

55-59 Male: 1. Mark Beneke 03.04.55

2. Peter Coombes 03.06.45

3. Willem van den Berg 03.06.47

Female: 1. Junita Venter 03.09.49

2. Pauline Cound 03.32.17

3. Mira Spring 03.42.34

4. Elzaan Mathewson 03.44.03

5. Lauren Snell 03.45.12

80 km

60-64 Male: 1. Johan Spies 02.24.19

2. Bobby Nefdt 02.24.20

3. Noel Ziady 02.25.04

65-69 Male: 1. Peter Allen Haupt 02.36.07

2. Dave Corrin 02.43.31

3. Brian Evans 02.43.32

70-75 Male: 1. Jan van den Berg 02.30.10

2. Hal Mclaren 02.41.05

3. Karel Dolak 02.43.32

75+ Male: 1. Michael Smith 03.08.17

2. Walter Bradford 03.16.42

3. Arthur Duncan 03.30.43

55+ Female: 1. Dionne Birkett 02.56.57

2. Jennifer Rigby 03.29.06

3. Maria Collins 04.04.34

4. Charmaine Clarke 04.05.22

Port Elizabeth resident Francois Geldenhuys was able to get ahead of the bunch going up one of the climbs along the 109 km route and never looked back as he posted the fastest time of the day and claimed the title in the men’s 30-34 age category at the Msunduzi Road Challenge in Noodsberg yesterday.

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