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Taylor takes two titles

Reigning South African women’s road cycling champion, Cherise Taylor (Team USN), showed good form ahead of the upcoming 2011 national championships when she won both titles at the KwaZulu-Natal championships in Camperdown at the weekend.

On Saturday, the 21-year-old Taylor, who now lives near Port Shepstone, clocked a time of 45min 17sec to win the 31km individual time trial with an average speed of 41.3kph.

Then on Sunday, she won the 90km road race title comfortably, breaking clear of the field on the early climbs and staying away to clock a winning time of 2hr 37min 12sec.

ÔÇ£Winning both races is good for my motivation and confidence with just over two weeks until SA Champs,ÔÇØ said Taylor. ÔÇ£I climbed well in the road race and in the time trial I felt better than I’ve ever felt in a time trial. I’ve never been this comfortable on a time trial bike ÔÇô it makes a big difference. I’ve always been bit negative towards time trialling, but this result has made me very positive.ÔÇØ

The Elite women started with the 40-plus Veteran men in the road race, which took place in pouring rain around the hilly Eston circuit.

ÔÇ£The Veteran men’s race was very aggressive and I managed to finish in the second group, which was encouraging. I’ve not raced much for a while and it’s good to know that I’ve got good condition for the intensity that you just can’t replicate in training.ÔÇØ

What made her two victories even sweeter was that Taylor led a Team USN podium clean sweep in both events, with Karien van Jaarsveld and Danni Dalton claiming the silver and bronze medals respectively in the Elite category in both disciplines.

ÔÇ£We may not have the biggest team, but we sure have a focused team and this is a great way for us to start the year,ÔÇØ smiled Taylor.

The 2011 South African Road Championships are in Port Elizabeth from 2-6 February.