This past weekend at the National Marathon Mountain Bike Championships Frankie du Toit came one step closer to reaching her 2015 goal of winning four National Junior titles. Earlier this year Frankie also claimed the National Junior Women Road Race and Time Trial titles.
The National Championship event was held at the Van Gaalen Cheese Farm in the North West province and doubled as the fourth event in the popular Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series.
Racing in the colours of the Time Freight eTeam, Frankie had a dominant performance over the 45km Half Marathon route. She stretched her winning margin to over 14 minutes on the abundance of single track and tough climbs. What is making this victory event more incredible is the fact that Frankie finished only 10 minutes behind overall winner, Julian Jessop, who claimed the Junior Men’s title. Her closest rival in the category for Junior Women was Genevieve Van Coller. Tiffany Keep, competing in the category for Youth Women, crossed the line third.
In the elite race over the Marathon distance of 75km Time Freight eTeam rider, Carla van Huyssteen, claimed 8th place overall and with that performance also finished 3rd in the Sub-Veteran category for women.
Frankie’s race report from the National Marathon Championships:
“This past weekend we headed up to the North West province to compete in the National Marathon Championships. I was lucky because my race only started at 9:30am and we missed the sub-zero temperatures that the elite fields had to deal with. Shortly into the race I had broken away with 2 other girls, Tiffany Keep and Genevieve van Coller. On the first major climb, the infamous concrete collision, I managed to get a gap on the other girls. From there I just put my head down and kept it until the end despite a nasty crash with about 15km to go. The crash saw me riding with skew bars until the end. I am super happy with my result and I am on my way to achieving my goal of four National Titles in one year.”