07 Apr 2019 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 07 APR (NAMPA) Michelle Vorster, Hugo Hahn and Alex Millers put up impressive performances at the Nedbank Namibia Cross-Country (XC) International Cycling Union championships held at Farm Windhoek on Saturday.
Vorster, who represented Namibia in the mountain bike event at the 2016 Olympic Games, finished third out of the 12 female riders who started the race. Countries that were represented in the elite womens category were host nation Namibia, Botswana, Mauritania, South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
The Namibian rider came third after South Africas Mariske Strauss and Cherie Redecker, who finished first and second respectively.
Strauss crossed the line in one hour, 25 minutes and 48 seconds (1:25:48), while Redecker was just a minute behind her with a time of 1:26:35.
Vorster had to fight of Candice Lill from South Africa who was just seconds behind her when she crossed the line. She was behind Redecker by more than two minutes and 30 seconds as she crossed the line in 1:29:07. Lill came fourth in a time of 1:29:19, just 12 seconds behind the Namibian.
In the elite mens category Alex Miller finished fifth after the youthful Namibian rider had a flat tyre and had to fight his way back from 27th position to finish in an impressive fifth position.
He was six minutes behind South Africas Wessel Botha, who won the race in a time of 1:26:12, followed by his fellow countrymen Julian Jessop (1:28:10) and Stuart Marais, who was third with a time of 1:28:27.
Miller finished the race in a time of 1:32:09. His fellow Namibian rider Xavier Papo finished ninth in a time of 1:35:02.
In the junior category Hugo Hahn did Namibia proud by finishing second.
Luke Moir from South Africa was first in a time of 1:16:55, while the Namibian rider was just seconds behind him in 1:17:21.
South Africas Hennie van Wyk finished third in a time of 1:18:3.
In the womens junior category Cindy Rowland finished third for Namibia.
Zandri Strydom and Frances Janse van Rensburg, both from South Africa, finished the race in first and second place respectively.
The Nedbank XC1 UCI championships were used as a warm-up by all countries expected to compete in the 2019 African Continental Mountain Bike Championships that will be held here this coming Saturday.