This weekend saw the running of the 94.7km cycle race which took place in and around Johannesburg, starting in Midrand and travelling through various city suburbs. The popular mountain bike event took place on Saturday.
In the road race, the men’s race winner was Aaran Brown (2:14:25) who became the first South African to complete a “cycling grand slam”, having already won the Cape Argus in March and Durban’s Amashovashova race last month.
“As a racer, this is what you want to win – one of the biggest races in our racing calender. Personally, it’s great to see all the hard work during the year paying off so sweetly here,” Brown said.
He was followed by team-mate Malcolm Lange, while third place went to Christoff van Heerden (MTN energade).
The women’s race served up a surprise winner in Toyota SuperCycling rider Joanna van de Winkel(2:47:07). Van de Winkel powered away from her escape companions, Ann-Li Pretorius (Nashua Telecoms) and Lelanie Lourens (MTN –Energade) on the final climb.
The 27-year-old Van de Winkel is an electrical engineer and was on a three-month trial ride with Toyota SuperCycling – without pay. “I still have a full time job, which I intend continuing regardless of whether I now receive a full contract next year,” she assured.
The main 53km event was won by local u23 mens XC World Champion Burry Stander after powering away from Cycle Lab team-mates Jock Green and Andrew Maclean who finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
In the ladies race it was Sam Oosthuizen who outclassed the rest of the field.