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Taylor takes TT title

Cherise Taylor, confirmed the versatility she showed as a junior when she won the Elite women’s individual time trial title at the South African Road Cycling Championships in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Team USN rider clocked a time of 43 minutes and 50 seconds in windy, warm conditions on the flat out-and-back 30km route. The silver medal went to Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (Nashua Toyota) in a time of 47:00, while defending champion, Cashandra Slingerland (FJR), rounded out the podium in time of 47:59.

It was the first time Taylor, engaged to Olympic mountain bike cyclist Burry Stander, has made the podium at a national time trial championship since leaving the junior ranks when she claimed the title as an 17-year-old, signalling her potential to be a future star.

Although she’d won the KwaZulu-Natal individual time trial title less than two weeks ago, installing her as one of the favourites for the national crown, Taylor was mildly surprised at her victory on Thursday

ÔÇ£I was hoping to make the podium, and I definitely thought it would hard to beat Cashandra (Slingerland) today. She’s really experienced and strong and the windy conditions seemed to suit a rider like that,ÔÇØ said an elated Taylor afterwards.

Taylor started 60 seconds behind Moolman Pasio and caught the diminutive Capetonian with 5km remaining.

ÔÇ£My goal was to try and catch Ashleigh and the gap between us at the turn was about 30 seconds which really motivated me on the way back! We turned back into a cross/head wind, which made the going quite tough. It also made me happy with my wheel choice (Zipp 808). A solid disc wheel and deeper rims would have been harder to control in that wind.

ÔÇ£I have never ridden so hard in my life and I’m so sore now I can hardly walk properly!ÔÇØ she smiled, before hobbling gingerly to her team vehicle.

Taylor is the 2010 South African road race champion and will attempt to defend that title in Saturday’s 130km road race.

South African Road Championships 2011, Port Elizabeth
Elite women’s individual time trial 30km
Leading results:

1 Cherise Taylor (Team USN) 45min50sec
2 Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (Nashua Toyota) @ 1min10sec
3 Cashandra Slingerland @ 2:09 (FJR)
4 Lynette Burger (Nashua Toyota) @ 2:20
5 Lylanie Lauwrens (MTN) @ 3:01