Our first “big” race for Pretoria in a while.
A coldish Autumn morning saw us line up for the start of the Bestmed Capital Classic. The route was fairly boring heading out on the N14 highway towards Krugersdorp and back.
In the end everyone enjoyed a day out on the bike. Andre finished an impressive 16th overall, coming in with the main Elite bunch in a time of 2:20
Philip and Jaco Engelbrecht finished in the Vets bunch with Philip getting 5th (2:28) and Jaco 18th (2:33)
Ronet and Renate raced Ladies for the day.
Congratulations to Ronet getting 8th overall in a time of 2:54
Renate finished 19th in a time of 3:09
Jaco and Ilé took on the tandem. Great result for them with 3rd mixed tandem!
Well done to all!!!!!
The past weekend Gauteng Provincial Track championships took place at Hector Norris Park in Johannesburg and TCS made their presence known in all the events with Ilze Bole dominating the woman’s races.
In the scratch race, where the aim was to be the first over the line on the last lap of the 10km race, Ilze Bole took top honours and Ronet Human, who has just started racing on the track rounded of the podium with a 3rd in what was her second ever scratch race.
In the Keirin race, where the cyclists gets a lead out from a motorbike for a certain amount of laps, ends in a full on sprint for the line where Ronet again made it onto the podium to secure another third place.
The points race was very exciting to watch as the woman battled it out to try and get the most points on every sprint lap which was every 5th lap. Tactics played a huge part in the end with Ilze, again taking the victory and Ronet narrowly missing out on a podium spot.
Ilna Lemmer and her team mates set a new national record in the team pursuit master ladies category.
So I had the privilege to go do SA championships in Nelspruit this past month.
I stayed over at the Mercure Hotel in Nelspruit. What an amazing place! The room was perfect and I stayed almost the whole day in there with the air conditioner at FULL blast! Nelspruit’s heat was not holding back.
So the next morning I was out quite early. With a 6:38am start it was going to be a nice cool ride for which I was very thankful for.
I had to make a couple of adjustments to the TT bike the previous night as the SA officials was not happy about the length of my handlebars. With that in mind I had to go test them out before the race just to check if all was OK.
So in the starting pen. Count down from 1min. 30sec. 10….9….8…7…1…GO!!
With any time trial it is very important not to start to hard. So the first 10km is usually a mind game where you have to constantly check your watts in order for the adrenaline not to take over…..
My lap times were pretty constant. My watts were better on lap two although I lost some time due to technical cornering around the circles that went haywire.
Lap 3 (final lap) was a flyer. I gave 200% and was totally broken when I crossed the line.
Final clear from Dope Control and the race day was over. Fortunately we did not have to wait for too long before the results came in. 3rd place.
Not what I was hoping for but a good result none the less.
Back home I had a chance to look at the figures.
Lap 1 323w
Lap 2 331w
Lap 3 342w
Total for 3 laps:
333 Normalised Power with an average heart rate of 176 over a time of 46 minutes.
My best figures for the 2015 season
I’ll be back next year to try and see what can be done about this third place.
So 2015 is a go!!
We welcome Energas and Kamoeba to the TCS family. Pretty awesome to see companies still supporting cycling and we appreciate it very much that TCS is your choice.
So SA champs happened as well as Fast One and Ride for Sight.
With SA’s, TCS got a new road champ as well as the TT champ for ladies 60-64.
Well done Ilna Lemmer!! We are very proud of you!
Philip Fourie got a third place in the TT Vets 35-39. Also very well done.
Ride for Sight saw good results with Andre and Dewalt finishing in the main bunch (Elites) and Philip getting a top 10 finish in the Vets cat.
Racing this weekend will resume with Carnival City as well as Sabie MTB challenge.
Good luck everyone!!!
What an awesome race. Well marshalled and the organisation was top class. To all involved in hosting this event, thank you for your time and effort.
Racing started very early with the Elite bunch heading off in the distance at 6am.
Andre, Ian and Dewalt had a good race each with good, hard racing with the pro teams. Well done guys.
Hannes, Johan and Philip tackled the ever competitive Vets category with Philip getting into the winning break of the day earning TCS some cool TV coverage (We hope).
Ronet represented in the Ladies Elite racing.
Well done to everyone who competed and had fun.
Next week will be the turn of Carnival City with almost the same route.
So we have a new SA road champion in our midst. A HUGE congratulations to Jaco who solo powered his way to the win in the Vets 35-39 category.
It is very nice to have the SA jersey back in the TCS camp.
The race was held over 144km and the Vets had to do a 18 lap course.