South Africans dominate UCI cycling event

02 Apr 2017 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 02 APR (NAMPA) – South Africans dominated the Nedbank Rock and Rut Cross Country Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) category one race held in Windhoek on Saturday.
In the women’s Elite Category, Cherie Redecker beat South Africa’s Mariska Strauss and Namibia’s Adrian Vera.
Fourth place went to Caren Johannes and fifth place was taken by Irene Steyn of Namibia.
Likeleli Masititise came sixth with South Africa’s Lelani Swart not finishing the race after being lapped.
In the Men’s Junior category, Namibia’s Alex Miller rode a textbook race to beat Pieter Johannes Du Toit of South Africa by just over a second.
Du Toit led the race until the last lap, when Miller overtook him uphill and led the race to the finishing line.
Brendan Van Eeden of South Africa was third while Marcel Holtz finished fourth, despite suffering mechanical problems during the race.
In the Elite Men’s catergory, Wessel Botha of South Africa beat Raul Costa and Tristan De Lange of Namibia to get maxing points, while Xavier Papo took the fourth position.
Konny Loser of Switzerland was fifth with Ryan Ellis of Zambia sixth.
Close to 40 international cyclists took part in the event.
The race is designed to provide competitive opportunities to cyclists in all categories.
Speaking to Nampa on Sunday, one of the organisers Hans du Toit said everything went well, as international cyclists and officials expressed their satisfaction with the track.
“We had a couple of challenges when we were putting up this event. The logistics were a bit too much as we had to build tracks of international standard,” said Du Toit
He expressed hope that such international events will become a regular occurrence in Namibia.
The event was hosted by the Namibia Cycling Federation (NCF), whose aim is to bid for the 2019 African Cycling Championship.