David Maree won the SA National Omnium Championships at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town yesterday.
Maree accumulated 149 points across the four events – scratch, tempo, elimination and points – on the final day of the South African National Track Championships to take the title ahead of Nolan Hoffman, who scored 130 points, and Gert Fouche on 111.
The 28-year-old, who was runner-up last year, said he had hoped to go one better this time around.
“I made a few jokes with Nolan in the weeks leading up to this event,” he said.
“I told him that the Omnium has changed and I was going to give him a good run for his money.”
Bernette Beyers, who was impressive throughout the week, scored 170 points to top the table in the elite women’s event.
“I tested my body to the limit this past week and learnt a lot about myself,” she said.
“It was yet another great day for me and my legs felt strong in the first race.”
She said her lack of endurance fitness caught up with her in the second race, but she managed to pull herself together.
“I told myself that it’s the last day of the championships and that I needed to give more than my everything.”
Elfriede Wolfaardt, on 120, and Ilze Bole, with 112, took second and third respectively.