Jean Spies reclaimed his African Continental Time Trial title during day two of the Continental Track Championships at the Cyril Geoghegan Cycle Stadium yesterday afternoon.
His winning time in the 1km time trial was one minute and 9:79 seconds.
“It wasn’t my best, but quite a respectable time considering the windy conditions that we had on the track, so I’m pretty happy with that. It was very cool to defend the title,” said Spies.
He also grabbed the scratch race win for Got It Global, ahead of Team BCX’s Nolan Hoffman, as well as the elite men’s gold in the sprint final.
South Africa’s Evan Carstens took third in the elite men’s scratch event.
“It was a really big win for me. I was so blessed to have taken that title. I’ve been chasing a scratch race title since 2012/2013. Since then it’s been a fight to win it.”
The elite men’s team pursuit final was won by South Africa, followed by Got It Global/Giant and Future Stars Cycling Academy.
Saudi Arabia’s Abdulaziz Alkhuwaytim and Got It Global’s Jared Poulton claimed the second and third respective positions.
Egypt’s Ebtissam Zayed claimed one more gold medal in the elite women’s scratch race on Tuesday. South Africa’s Charlene du Preez and Claudia Gnudi (Strasse Panda) rounded the podium off respectively.
Future Stars Cycling Academy’s Courtney Smith beat South Africa’s Ashleigh Parsons in the junior women’s omnium-scratch race yesterday.
In the elite women’s omnium South Africa’s Charlene du Preez took the top spot.
“With the omnium being a one-day event now, and only bunch races including the new tempo race, I found the tempo to be a very hard race. I never expected it to be so hard. It was definitely the hardest for me,” she said.
Bernette Beyers (Team South Africa) took the gold medal in the elite women’s sprint final with Jennifer Abbott (RSA) claiming the silver and Nigeria’s Rita Aggo claiming the bronze.