With two of our riders competing overseas and lots of local racing action from Clarens, Free State to Polokwane, Limpopo it was another busy weekend for the Time Freight eTeam.
Get Muddy Triathlon
Carla van Huyssteen was invited by the organisers of the Get Muddy Triathlon event in Mauritius this past weekend. This was ideal preparation for the Xterra Reunion event that is taking place this coming weekend and taking the win a sure confidence builder going into the race this weekend.
Race Report by Carla van Huyssteen from the Get Muddy Triathlon, Mauritius
“I was fortunate enough to have been invited to experience the Get Muddy Offroad Triathlon here in Mauritius at the Bois Cheri Tea Estate. Due to the passionate organisation the event is growing. One of the main objectives of this race is to introduce the local community to the sports of offroad triathlon, duathon and trail running. It is a great opportunity and concerted effort by the organisers to get locals involved and active.
The venue had a spectacular circular view of the swim and run route as well as the transition area. Sections of the bike route were also visible for the spectators which kept them involved throughout the race. The swim leg of the main race consisted of three laps of 500m in the Bois Cheri Tea Garden Estate's lake. We had to get out of the water and run around a tree after each lap. After a steep run up to the transition area we were on the bike. It was a rocky and muddy 17km lap that we had to do twice which made for a challenging bike leg. I enjoyed the 11km forest run that followed. It included river crossings, mud slides and some climbing that kept you guessing what might be around the next corner the entire race.
The race is still in its early stages and there were little female competition so winning was not my only goal. Promoting the event to females and encouraging them to participate was really my main objective. I am positive that the event will grow from strength to strength in the coming years and was very happy to have been part of it.”
Italian Cup XCO Race
The Italian XCO Cup in Nalles, Italy was Frankie du Toit’s last race of her European campaign. The youngster set out to better her result of last weekend in Switzerland where she finished 8th in the junior ladies race. She did just that by crossing the finish line in 6th place. After the race Frankie commented that she had a really good race despite taking some tumbles. She said that the trip was tough but fun and that she is returning to South Africa with great form.
Ashburton Investments National MTB Series – Clarens
Janine Rawlinson, Ashleigh Moffatt and Aidan Nugent all lined up for the marathon event at the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series in Clarens, Free State. Annemie Kruger and Drikus Coetzee also made the trip to Clarens to support their teammates.
This was a perfect training race for Aidan in preparation for the offroad triathlon events that he will be targeting later in the season.
Janine and Ashleigh took on a stellar field in the elite ladies category which had UCI status. Valuable UCI points attract the top talent in the country to this event every year. The marathon was a 75km visually pleasing route that is known for its slick rock trails over some of the most incredible rock landscapes in the country. Janine had a great ride and finished 7th in a very classy field.
Annual Mayoral Road Race
As a team we do not get the opportunity to race in Limpopo often due to the limited amount of races taking place in that area. In a concerted effort by all including the Executive Mayor, Thembi Nkadimeng, they put on a really special event for the second year in a row. The City of Polokwane is committed to becoming a cycling city and their efforts are showing with a drastic increase in participation from last year. All elite riders and officials were treated to a cocktail function the evening before the race and great prize money were up for grabs.
It was the first race for new road teammate, Rozalia Kubyana, in a Time Freight eTeam jersey. Rozie, who competes for the Exxaro Mountain Bike Academy on the mountain bike, has recently joined the Time Freight eTeam on the road racing side. She has been travelling with our team since last year and we finally found a creative way for her to pursue her road racing ambitions through a combined effort with the Exxaro Mountain Bike Academy. She will remain part of the Exxaro Mountain Bike Academy for mountain biking and continue to live in the Exxaro team house. We are able to offer her additional racing opportunities and mentorship in a discipline that she fell in love with after her first race, Amashova Durban Classic, last year.
The race was over 97km of flat roads around the city of Polokwane. Lise Olivier had a mechanical issue which she was unable to sort out during the race. Rozie made her presence clear in the bunch and covered several early moves and went in an early break with an Activate Demacon rider.
Heidi Dalton launched an attack with just over one kilometre to go. This move was covered by Lise but they were both caught with about 150m to go. After an aggressive race it finished in a sprint to the line as was expected.
Lise Olivier was also part of the Women and Sport Working Group Session hosted by SASCOC at the Olympic House in Johannesburg this past weekend. Deputy Minister of Sport, Gert Oosthuizen, and Mrs Navi Pillay were some of speakers on the day. Lise commented after the event that it was great to see this kind of high level commitment to a strategy, objectives and desired outcomes for Women and Sport.
This weekend the team will head out to Durban to defend our 2014 Tour Durban title. It is also the Freedom Day Challenge road race in Pietermaritzburg on Monday which forms part of the Autumn Series. These races are some of the first UCI road races for women in South Africa. At Mankele, Mpumalanga it is the third event in the National XCO Series. Drikus Coetzee will also be competing in the prestigious Discovery World Triathlon event in Cape Town.