Olivier earns 1st Elite podium finish

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The top three in the women's elite event at the Dis-Chem Ride for Sight 2020 in Boksburg. Cherise Willeit (left), Kim le Court (middle), and Chanté Olivier (right). PHOTO: DERCKSEN OLIVIER

The 16-year-old Chanté Olivier of Bloemfontein will be heading overseas again next month, where she will be cycling with the Junior Women’s team, Wielerzone, in the Netherlands.

The cyclist, who has been making waves in the sport in South Africa ever since she started, was approached last year while competing in the European Junior Tour.

Due to her age and visas regulations, unfortunately Olivier cannot join the team full time, as they would like. She will have to travel between South Africa and the Netherlands until she is 18 years old.

Meanwhile, over the past weekend Olivier claimed third at the Dis-Chem Ride4Sight 2020 in Boksburg. While she is used to standing on the top-step of the podium, her feat is a major one as she was competing in the Women’s Elite category.

The 16-year-old was, however, the first junior cyclist to cross the line. – MORGAN PIEK