FS Road Race Champs crowned

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The 2022 Free State Cycling Federation Road Race Championships, hosted by Shell V-Power Pitstop Bloemfontein, took place on Sunday to round off a busy and productive sporting weekend in the City of Roses.

The 100km Elite men’s race was won by Charl Coetzee in a time of 2:30:52, while Pieter Korkie claimed the silver medal, with Brendan Nel taking the bronze.

The under-23 100km was won by Gideon Geldenhuys in 2:30:54, with Gerhard Alberts finishing as the runner-up, and Neo Sethunya claiming third place.

The 30-39 men’s race was won by Nico Fourie in 2:30:52, with Kobus Fourie taking second, and Gerrit Moelich rounded off the podium.

The 40-39 men’s category over the 100km distance was won by Jaco Storm in 2:30:53. Marius Wessels rode in second, and Freddy Mitchley took the bronze.

Danica Botes won the Elite race for women in 2:53:12, while Elizma Kock took the silver, and Marisca Steyn won the bronze.

Chanté Olivier won the under-23 for women in 2:30:58. Karabelo Sethunza was second to finish the 100km route.

The women’s 50-64 category was won by Lynette Fisher, with Angelique Smith in second, and Aletta Smith took the bronze.

In the 75km event, Jean-Jacques Holtzhausen took the honours in the junior men’s category in 2:01:08. The 50-64 men’s category was won by Johann Griessel in 2:01:09, with Francois du Toit riding in second, and Renier de Beer taking the bronze.

Rumarie van der Walt won the women’s 30-39 race in 2:09:30, with Zanmarie Terblanche taking silver, and Estie van der Merwe finishing in third.

Dian Jacobs won the boys under-11 10km race, with Herman Oelschig in second, and Aiden Nel taking third. Zoe Nel won the girls under-11 race, while Jana Swanepoel won the under-13 for girls.

Jimmy Ozoude won the 10km para cycling for men, with Zack Wolmarans in second place. Danelle van der Westhuizen won the women’s para cycling, while Sindi Hugo came in second.

The boys’ under-13 25km race was won by Joshua Mostert, with Lehan Oosthuizen in second, and Kyle Fritz taking third. Carli Bouwer won the girls’ under-15 race over the distance.

In the boy’s under-17 50km race, Jean-Jacques Koekemoer took the honours with André van Rooyen in second and Aidan Claassen finishing third.

The next major cycling event in Bloemfontein will take place on 5 March at Happy Valley with the second Free State Cycling Federation XCO Provincial.

This is the same course that will be hosting the SA XCO Championship in July 2022. – MORGAN PIEK