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Ashleigh ends on a high

By Mark Etheridge

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio wrapped up her year in style at the weekend with yet another victory, this time in the Momentum 94.7 event in Johannesburg.

It’s been a case of go, go, go for Moolman-Pasio and her feet have barely touched ground in the last few months.

The Team Nashua Toyota rider made her debut in the green and gold for Team South Africa at the UCI road world championships in Copenhagen, Denmark where she was our highest placed finisher in the women’s time trial where she ended 30th.

In the road race later in the championships she ended 23rd.

Back in South Africa she won the Amashova Classic between Pietermaritzburg and Durban and then it was off to north Africa for the UCI continental road championships. More medals made their way into the Moolman-Pasio treasure chest, a silver in the individual time trial and then gold in the road race in the Asmara, Eritrea event.

But the winning hasn’t stopped there. She also won the MTN OFM Classic in Bloemfontein, where she spent much of her early life.

And then on Sunday it was first again, in the Momentum 94.7, an event which wasn’t without its hiccups.

“It was great to end of the year with a big local win for Team Nashua Toyota,” she told Road to London 2012 on Tuesday. “The support I receive from local fans and sponsors is incredible and it is wonderful to give something back on home soil. My local team, sponsors, coach and management have been very good to me and I would not be where I am today without out them!

“Team mate Jo van de Winkel was great support during the race. She was incredibly strong on the day and I owe my win to her and the great support from my management! I had to do a bike change during the race and team manager Dave Pieterse did a great job.

“I wasn’t feeling my best on the day and after 60km of struggling along, I realised that my problem was coming from my back wheel. My back wheel was flexing under pressure and touching my frame with every pedal stroke. After chatting to my team car, we decided to do a bike change. I must thank Dave for a very smooth and incredibly fast bike change. He had me on the new bike and on my way back to the break within seconds!

“After a long hard day in the wind, the action really started in the last 10km. My team mate Jo and I put in a few attacks on the rolling hills approaching the finish line. When we realised nothing was going to stick, Jo got on the front and drove the pace really hard into the technical finish. Cherise took her wheel and I was on Cherise’s wheel. Jo initiated her sprint coming out of the final circle with about 300m to go. I waited on Cherise’s wheel and when I realised Jo wasn’t going to make it to the finish line first, I kicked.”

Taylor took second on the day and Van de Winkel third. “We won the queen of the mountains jersey and the team competition. What a great year, with a wonderful team,”


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Frances
Frances

Have booked our tickets for London. Look forward to seeing Ashleigh and other girls in action representing RSA