Freyer and Adrian win Pupkewitz Megabuild Cycle Challenge
04 Feb 2018 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 04 FEB (NAMPA) - Martin Freyer and Vera Adrian were crowned national champions on Sunday after winning the Pupkewitz Megabuild Road Cycling Championships.
The road race, which started at 07h00 at Carin Park, saw riders cycling through the Western Bypass, onto the Daan Viljoen road, two loops up to Matchless mine and then back again to Carin Park for the finish.
The elite men cycled 145 kilometres (km), while the elite women completed a 107km course.
To be crowned champion in the road race Freyer beat Dan Craven and Drikus Coetzee to the sprint. Craven and Coetzee finished second and third respectively. In the womens category, Adrian beat Michelle Voster in a sprint to retain her title.
Speaking to the media after the race, Freyer said the route was perfect and he enjoyed riding with the more experienced riders on the day.
It was really nice riding in the same race as Dan Craven who has a lot of experience. Despite the weather being really good on the day I struggled when we had some hills to climb but I managed to do well at the sprint because of my physique as I am built bigger, which makes me a strong sprinter, he said.
Adrian told the media that she was happy to retain her title but there is still a lot of hard work ahead as they will be representing the country in Rwanda later this month at the African Championships. She said she will continue working hard in all her future competitions.
During the national time trial held on Friday, Coetzee won the elite men's individual time trial after he completed the 44km in a time of 55 minutes 18 seconds (55:18). The national women's category was won by Irene Steyn.
Despite finishing the 22km race behind Michelle Doman, Steyn won the national competition by virtue of Doman being a South African national.