Coetzee and Bean win Omaruru Spar Cycle Race

27 Apr 2019 14:50pm
OMARURU, 27 APR (NAMPA) - Drikus Coetzee and Silke Bean were crowned champions of the 2019 Omaruru Spar Cycle Race here on Saturday.
The 105 kilometre race was held on the C33 road between Omaruru and Kalkfeld.
To be crowned champion in the elite men’s category, Coetzee smashed last year’s winning time of two hours, 38 minutes and 20 seconds (2:38:20) set by Gerhard Mans by 11 minutes and 20 seconds.
Coetzee, who had an individual ride throughout the race, broke off from the peloton just 25 kilometres into the race and finished his race in an unofficial time of 2:27:34, less than a minute in front of second-placed runner-up Alex Miller.
In the elite women’s category Bean got stiff competition from veteran rider Anneke Steenkamp, who crossed the line first.
The two riders were also in a class of their own as they broke off from the other female riders just 20km into the race.
Steenkamp crossed the line in a time of 2:48:33, while Bean came second with a time of 2:48:44.
Coetzee told Nampa he had a great race despite the wind being strong.
“I used the peloton to cover me from the side wind, but when they realised I was using them as cover they opened up and that is when I took the break and just worked harder by myself,” he said.
He added that the rest he took after representing Namibia at the African Championships in Ethiopia helped him with his win.
“When I came back from Ethiopia I rested for two weeks but after that I trained hard again for two weeks ahead of this race. I believe taking the time off did me well,” he said.
Bean told this agency her time this year was better than last year and she is now looking forward to the Tour de Windhoek, which takes place later this year.
“The race was not easy but I am happy to see that I was two minutes faster than the time I did last year. My goal is to improve on my times but being a full-time business owner and mom won’t make that easy,” she said.