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Impey impresses with a fifth national TT title in KZN

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UCI World Tour rider and defending South African time trial champion, Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEDGE) clocked the fastest time to claim his fifth national title on day two of the 2016 SA Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.
Recording the second-fastest time of the day was Under-23 competitor Stefan de Bod (Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team), who finished an incredible 12-seconds off Impey’s pace in the 48 kilometre race.
Impey came into the race with high expectations and was elated with his home-soil victory. He stopped the clock at 1hr 01min 22.37sec. ‘It’s nice to be back here and there’s always pressure to come back and defend the TT, but it was a lot harder this year – the guys have improved quite a bit. I was pretty confident that I could come in and do a good ride and I’m happy to walk away with it.’
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka rounded out the Elite podium with Reinardt Janse van Rensburg in second place (1:02:06.31) and Johann van Zyl (1:04:11.72) in third.
De Bod, a medal-winning member of Team South Africa at the 2014 African Youth Games in Botswana, was the second fastest rider overall clocking an impressive time of 1:01:35.08. His Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team teammates Ryan Gibbons (1:02:35,32) and Keagan Girdlestone (1:03:36.54) rounded out the U23 podium making it a clean sweep for the team. ‘It’s been a good race, the route suited me perfectly. I won a road tace title when I was a junior so it’s nice to finally win the time trial title as well. We had a look at the route a few days ago and I planned where I wanted to go harder and how I was going to pace myself and everything went well. I had a good team behind me with great support.’
Speaking about the upcoming road race, De Bod feels confident. ‘Obviously there’s a few different tactics that play out in the road race and hopefully one of our team will walk away with the title. I’m looking forward to that as well.’
Junior rider Gregory de Vink of the LEADout SA team nailed the 24km route to secure his national time trial title in 34:27.65. ‘Everything went according to plan. I came into the event quite well prepared and I had ridden on the course last year so I might have had a bit of an upper hand there. I didn’t start too hard, and everything ran smoothly so I’m just super happy to come out best.’
De Vink was not so optimistic about the upcoming road race: ‘That will be a different story – I’ll have to see what’s going on and make the best of the situation. I’ll be well marked and they’re not going to let me go easy, so we’ll see.’
Jason Oosthuizen was the second junior home in 35:13.99 with Enno Swanepoel rounding out the podium in 35:30.91.
The Masters’ Men categories also competed on Thursday and Luke Pheiffer, who has placed his full focus full focus on racing against the clock, claimed his seventh time trial yitle when he won the 24km 40-44 race. ‘I won my first TT in 2007 and just kept coming back. In 2008 I thought I was smart and didn’t train that hard and finished third and thought, never again. Then from 2009, I won five titles in a row. And today’s victory is my seventh.’
Cycling South Africa’s General Manager, Mike Bradley, said: ‘The level of racing has shown a very high standard. It is really interesting to see the U23’s finish in the top five today and yesterday’s women were also strong. It’s also good to see some triathletes coming to participate in the time trial. It’s been a great event that has been well supported. The organisation has been very good and the residents and farmers of the Wartburg area have been very accommodating and supportive. It has been a trouble free race.’
The road race continues in Westville on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 7am.
In para-cycling’s road race, after being absent from the racing scene last year, Stuart McCreadie (H3) rode incredibly well and although competing in a different class to Ernst Van Dyk, finished way ahead of him.
‘It was a very good race on a hard course,’ said McCreadie. ‘It was hard on the way out with a very bumpy road surface, but very nice on the way back in. I kind of pushed pretty hard on the climbs, recovered a little bit on the flats and the downs and rode according to the heart rate monitor. It was a good, solid ride.’
Cycling South Africa’s Para-cycling Commission Director, Dr Mike Burns, said that based on the time trial times, he expected their racing times to be similar. ‘Stuart was remarkable and showed superb form and is in contention for selection for the first World Cup In Pietermaritzburg.’
Pre-race favourites Ernst van Dyk (H5), Pieter du Preez (H1), Justine Asher (H2) and Craig Ridgard (C2) put in solid performances to claim their respective national titles. Burns said that Ridgard’s incredible pace in both the time trial and the road race have confirmed his position in the squad for the 2016 Rio Paralympics, of which the final team will be selected.
‘It was an interesting day at the office,’ said Du Preez. ‘But I had a lot of fun out there. Starting in the middle of the day as a quadriplegic who doesn’t sweat was tough! I lost my chain going out on the rough surface in the first 9km, but finally got it back on. For me at this point, I was on my own so it was really semi-training and just seeing where I am at this stage of the year and I’m very happy with my performance.’
51cdda34-ef87-47eb-8393-db23eaf83ec8Cape Town’s Asher, pictured right, told Road to Rio 2016’s Mark Etheridge: ‘I had a good TT yesterday. The course was a little tougher than expected but felt strong overall, some good downhills to catch some speed with an unforgiving climb at the end.
‘The road race was really tough, we raced in the heat of the day, a really challenging climb for the first 9km. I felt it in my shoulder in the last 10km but managed to keep my pace until the finish.’
In the T2 tricycle race, stalwart Gerhard Viljoen beat Goldy Fuchs on a course that was technically suited for the former. ‘There were a lot of downhills and twisty turns, which doesn’t really suit Goldy, but Gerhard was the better rider on the day,’ said Burns.
The competitive C-class race saw newcomers Gavin Cowden (C5) and Greg Coetzee both ride well with track cycling specialist Dane Wilson (C5) just edging across the finish line first to secure the victory against Cowan.
Burns said: ‘I was impressed with Juan Odendaal’s (C3) performance and his development since returning from a week-long training camp in Spain – this has shown that he is on the right trajectory in the lead up to the Para-cycling Track World Championships, which is his main speciality, in 3-4 weeks’ time.’

Picture of Impey and Asher courtesy of Darren Goddard

TIME TRIAL



Elite Men (48km)
1 Daryl Impey 1:01:22.37
2 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg 1:02:06.31
3 Johann van Zyl 1:04:11.72

U23 Men (48km)
1 Stefan de Bod 1:01:35.08
2 Ryan Gibbons 1:02:35.32
3 Keagan Girdlestone 1:03:36.54

Junior Men (24km)
1 Gregory de Vink 34:27.65
2 Jason Oosthuizen 35:13.99
3 Enno Albertus Swanepoel 35:30.91

Men 35-39 (24km)
1 Deno van Heerden 36:02.83
2 Kris van Straaten 36:28.49
3 Miguel Dos Santos 37:50.58


Men 30-34 (24km)
1 Alex Pavlov 35:17.62
2 Neil Timm 35:31.19
3 Andrew Stockwell 35:54.53



Men 40-44 (24km)
1 Luke Pheiffer 35:49.31
2 Thys Oosthuizen 36:11.40
3 Kent Kirkwood 36:51.39

Men 45-49 (24km)
1 Martin van Wyk 36:12.36
2 Samuel de Swardt 36:34.68
3 Steven Shirley 36:58.08

PARA-CYCLING ROAD RACE RESULTS

Men H5
1 Ernst van Dyk
2 Andries Scheepers

Men H4
1 Gysbert van der Niet
2 Barend Coetzee

Men H3

1 Stuart McCreadie
2 Nic Whiteing

Men H1
1 Pieter du Preez

Men T2
1 Gerhard Viljoen
2 Goldy Fuchs

Men T1

1 George Rex

Men C5

1 Dane Wilson
2 Gavin Cowden

Men C4

1 Gary Coetzee
2 Reuben van Niekerk
3 Attie Botha

Men C3
1 Juan Odendaal
2 Philo Verlaat

Men C2
1 Craig Ridgard
2 BJ van der Walt

Women C5
1 Estelle van der Merwe

Women C4
1 Vicky Scheepers

Women H2

1 Justine Asher

Women H3
1 Palesa Manaleng

Women T1
1 Toni Mould


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