Craven wins 2018 Nedbank Cycle Challenge

11 Feb 2018 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 11 FEB (NAMPA) - Dan Craven was crowned the champion of the 2018 Nedbank Cycle Challenge after winning the 100-kilometre race in Windhoek on Sunday in a time of two hours, 16 minutes and two seconds (2:16.02).
Drikus Coetzee, who was beaten to the finish line during a sprint, finished in second place with the same time as Craven, while Lotto Petrus who came third had a time of 2:16:08.
The race started at Zoo Park with riders cycling along Independence Avenue before joining Hosea Kutako Drive all the way to the Western Bypass.
They turned back at the Döbra turn-off to Brakwater before re-joining the bypass at the weighbridge.
The route took them to Sam Nujoma Drive where they continued up to Matchless Mine, where they made a U-turn to rejoin the bypass once again before retracing their steps to Zoo Park via Independence Avenue, to finish off the race.
Speaking to Nampa after the race, Craven said he had a great race and he was happy with the challenge he got from his fellow riders.
“Lotto and Drikus rode very well, especially after we broke off from the pack when we went into Sam Nujoma Drive. We thought we were clear of the chasing pack and relaxed a bit which made them reduce the gap to us and we decided to increase the tempo which helped in keeping the gap until the finish line,” he said.
Till Drobisch won the Nedbank Cycle Challenge in 2017.
Vera Adrian won the women’s section of the Cycle Challenge. She beat defending champion Michelle Voster to the sprint in a time of 02:43:07 to claim top honours in the women’s section.
Voster finished the race in 2:43:08, while Michelle Doman finished in third position in a time of 2:51:00.
Adrian told Nampa it felt really good to win the race.
“I am now more focused on competing in the African Cycling Championships in Rwanda next week,” she said.
Over 1 000 cyclists participated in this year’s event, which is in its 33rd year of existence.
This year the distances for the challenges were 20, 30, 60 and 100 kilometres.

The results for the various distances are as follows:
Men’s 60km
1) Justin Vosloo - 1:25:56
2) Schalk van der Merwe - 1:25:57
3) Alexander Miller - 1:25:57

Women’s 60km
1) Jeanne Heunis - 1:29:15
2) Antje Tietz - 1:29:16
3) Mandy Huysamen - 1:29:18

Men’s 30 km
1) Shawapwala Eita - 0:54:43
2) Haufiku Ruben - 0:54:58
3) Ivor de Klerk - 0:55:49

Women’s 30 km
1) Monique du Plessis - 0:57:06
2) Suleika Heigan- 1:00:06
3) Angelique Rall - 1:02:31