03 Feb 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) Alex Miller and Vera Adrian were on Sunday crowned national champions after winning the Pupkewitz Megabuild Namibia National Road Cycling Championships.
The road race, which started at 06h30 at The Grove Mall in Klein Kuppe, saw riders cycling through Klein Kuppe, Olympia, Suiderhof and then back again to Grove Mall for the finish line.
The elite men cycled 131 kilometres (km), while the elite women completed a 92km course.
Miller, who is 18-years-old, became the youngest national champion after beating Dan Craven in the sprint to the finish with an unofficial time of three hours 24 minutes and 58 seconds (03:24:58).
Despite finishing second, Craven was crowned winner of the elite mens category followed by Xavier Papo who finished second after beating national time trial champion Drikus Coetzee to the line in a photo finish.
Apart from being crowned national mens champion, Miller will also be crowned champion in his Under-23 category.
In the womens category that only saw five elite women riders compete against each other, with Vera Adrian beating Michelle Vorster to the line to be once again crowned national champion. Irene Steyn finished third.
Speaking to the media after the race, Miller said it was always his dream to be crowned the national champion.
Dan and I broke out of the peloton with a lap to go and as we approached the finish line I was not confident enough that I was going to win because I know, Dan (Craven) as a good sprinter but I took my chances with 50m and attacked him which then paid off as I crossed the line first, he said.
Craven told the media that he was excited to compete with Miller in the sprint as he showed that Namibian cycling still has a great future.
I am really proud of the way Miller raced today, he really had a brilliant ride. I attacked in our last lap but he followed and caught me sleeping in the sprint. Despite that, I am really happy to see a young rider competing so well which shows that Namibian cycling has a bright future, he said.
Adrian, who rides for RE/MAX Cycling Team in Europe, said she feel excited to be crowned the national champion.
We dont have a lot of elite women riders but we had a great ride on the day as Michelle (Vorster) and I rode really well to the finish. I feel proud to be wearing my national colours and representing my country while in Europe. Todays win is a great motivation for me ahead of the All African Games and Olympic qualifiers, Adrian said.