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Thursday, 05 July 2012

Protea Toyota short road stage

SPEED: Cyclists' sprinting skills was put to the test during the short road stage

Months of training for the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Cycling Tournament have paid off as cyclists showed off their skills during the Protea Toyota short road stage and time trial.

VIEW: Routes of this years tournament is set in some of the most beautiful areas of the Western Cape. Here cyclists are in Ladyloch, an area on the outskirts of Wellington.

The short road stage saw male and female cyclists take on a challenging route in the Ladyloch area, just outside of Wellington. The circuit format race required male riders to take on a distance of 82 km, while the female riders had to complete three laps, totaling 54.8 km.

The last few hundred meters of the race saw riders sprinting out of the pack in order to claim the top prizes.

Michel Coetze, from North West University crossed the finish line first, clinching her second win for the week. Earlier this week this top cyclist took first place in the Nedbank/ Old Mutual Mountain Bike Challenge. Taking first place in the men's’ race was University of Pretoria student, Kevin Patten.

The time trial saw riders sprint over a 6.4 km distance and this year University of Stellenbosch (US) students dominated this stage, with Timothy Butler clinching the first prize in the male event and Ashleigh Blackwell taking the top spot in the female event.

Today cyclists’ endurance will be tested as they compete in the Drakenstein Long Road Stage. This challenging route will see male cyclists complete a 124 km course.

By Candes Keating

Photographs by Clive Galant

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Written by CPUT News