Jayde Julius and Carla Oberholzer lead the respective elite men’s and women’s Road Cycling Series standings with three events remaining in the year.
Julius of ProTouch has earned consistent results throughout the season, which included a victory in the Wilro Lions Cycle Challenge in April and a second-place at the inaugural 100 Cycle Challenge in May.
His teammate Gustav Basson leads the best elite tour rider. Basson’s highlights this season were his victories in the inaugural Tour de Limpopo in April and the Tour Durban that same week. He then also won the Tour de Maurice last month.
The ProTouch rider leads the standings ahead of NAD Pro’s Matt Beers in second, Julius in third and the fourth-placed Clint Hendricks, who rode for BCX before moving to the German-based Bike Aid at the end of last month.
Demacon dominate the women’s standings with Oberholzer, Kim le Court and Lynette Burger occupying the top three spots respectively.
Oberholzer has been in dominant form this season, winning the South African national road champs in February.
She also won the Ride for Sight, Berge en Dale, Vulintaba Extreme, Kremetart Cycle Race, Jock Classic, trapNET 360 and the Amashova Durban Classic events. Oberholzer also leads the best tour rider in the elite women’s category.
The series was launched at the start of the year in order to recognise and develop SA road cyclists.
It comprises 21 one-day classic events, six multi-stage tours and the national road champs.
“Over 480 road cyclists have been tracked and ranked [based on performance] over the past 10 months,” said Rebecca Eliot, founder of the Support SA Talent project.
“A number of innovative funding mechanisms have been piloted and tested this year alongside the series, all aimed at enabling SA athletes to perform.
“The toughest challenge for our riders is that of funding. There is simply not enough sponsorship available to even fund professional athletes,” she added.
View the leader boards of the various categories below.
1. Jayde Julius (ProTouch)
2. Gustav Basson (ProTouch)
3. Clint Hendricks (Bike Aid, formerly BCX)
4. Calvin Beneke (AC/DC Luso)
5. Nolan Hoffman (BCX)
1. Carla Oberholzer (Demacon)
2. Kim le Court (Demacon)
3. Lynette Burger (Demacon)
4. Ariane Luthi (Team Spur)
5. Maroesjka Matthee (Ciovita)
1. Rickardo Broxham (ProTouch)
2. Ryan Terry (Infinita)
3. Tiano Da Silva (ProTouch)
4. Callum Ormiston (Hi-Q)
5. Damon Fouchee (Vandergroup)
1. Tiffany Keep (Silverback Bikes)
2. Kelsey van Schoor (African Pride)
3. Azulde Britz (Positive Sports Solutions)
4. Carla Steyn (Valencia)
5. Simone Farber (Clover)