Pro cyclist An-Li Kachelhoffer claimed her first national road title when she won the elite women’s race in Westville, KwaZulu-Natal, today.
“I’m so ecstatic!” she said.
“I’ve won the duathlon and biathlon worlds but have never been SA champ and it’s a real honour.”
Competing over seven laps of the 18km undulating course, the 35-strong bunch remained tight with no one revealing form early on.
From the second lap a number of small attacks were launched, which were all neutralised.
“The race was hard and the Clover team really put the pressure on today,” said Kachelhoffer, who rides for Lotto-Soudal.
“On my final attack I looked back and no one followed and hoped I could carry it through to the end. I feel so blessed that I could take the title.”
Runner-up Lisa Olivier said nationals were always tactical.
“But but don’t let it fool you, the level of women’s cycling has increased dramatically.
Anriette Schoeman took third place and said it was the hardest bronze medal that she had ever earned.