24 Feb 2019 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 24 FEB (NAMPA) Alex Miller and Michelle Vorster were on Sunday crowned the 2019 Nedbank National Mountain Bike (MTB) champions after impressive individual performances.
The route started at the IJG Trails at the Waldorf School in Avis to Farm Windhoek, south of the capital.
To be crowned champion in the elite mens category, Miller who was in a league of his own during the race beat 2018 champion Tristan de Lange to finish first in the 70 kilometre (km) route.
Xavier Papo, the 2016 winner, and 2018 second place finisher, came third in this years championships.
De Lange, who finished second, had little to offer on the day as Miller decisively prevented him from retaining the title he won a year ago.
Miller told Nampa it was his first time riding alongside De Lange in the MTB championships, which made him give it his all as he decided to break off when they reached the 65km mark.
In the elite womens category; 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 champion Vorster dominated her category once again with an excellent display from start to finish, despite intensive competition from South African rider Cherie Redecker, whom she beat in the sprint to win the race for the fifth consecutive year.
Speaking to Nampa after the race, Vorster said this years MTB challenge was the toughest as Redecker gave her stiff competition throughout the race.
I really enjoyed the route today. Cherie was a good competitor who led the race most of the time but I managed to catch up with her, then won it after hard work throughout the race. This race is good preparation for me as an athlete ahead of the Africa Championships that will be held in Ethiopia later this month, she said.
Redecker told Nampa that the MTB course used on the day is one of the best and she enjoyed every moment of it.
I knew it was going to be tough for me because I just arrived from Germany two days ago and the altitude was against me for not acclimatising well, but credit should be given to Michelle for giving me a good ride, Redecker said.