Bay cyclists on top in East London race

Anriette Schoeman
Anriette Schoeman

PORT Elizabeth cyclists Conrad Viljoen and Anriette Schoeman emerged triumphant in the Daily Dispatch Spar Cycle Tour in East London last weekend.

Viljoen, of the Bestmed Shukuma Madibaz club, claimed a fourth victory at the event, crossing the finish line along the Esplanade on Sunday in a time of two hours, 34 minutes, 35 seconds, with his teammate Francois Geldenhuys finishing third (2:35:53), 43 seconds behind second-placed Donovan O’Reilly. Another Madibaz rider, Waldo Gronum, led a bunch sprint to the line to take fourth place overall in 2:41:19.

In the women’s race, champion Schoeman was in that mass sprint to pip NMMU’s Allison Hertel for the top spot in a time of 2:41:19.

Former Buffalo City resident Viljoen led a team of six NMMU riders for the 100km road race, in which he came second last year.

Now based in Port Elizabeth, he said that although it was an away race for the team, it felt like a home race to him.

“Knowing the route well and how the wind usually blows made it strategically easier for me and I used it to my advantage.”

He won the Hemingways Casino climb and took the king of the mountains on top.

NMMU’s Anja Gerber and Bradley Gouveris claimed victory in the junior categories, while Mandy Akom triumphed in the over-50 category.

-The Herald Reporter 

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