Third time lucky for Oberholser

Carla Oberholzer PHOTO: FACEBOOK

It was a matter of third time lucky for the Olympian, Carla Oberholzer, as she finally won a national title by claiming the Women’s Individual Time Trial during the South African National Road and Time Trial Championships in Graskop, Mpumalanga.

The Eunice old-girl won the 20km individual time trial for women in a time of 30:49 after having to the settle for the runners-up spot the two previous years.

The Bloemfonteiner, who now lives in Clarens, backed up her national title on Saturday by winning the bronze medal in the 107km Women’s Road Race, which was also held in Graskop.

Speaking to Bloemfontein Courant, Oberholzer said that the time trial title has been on her bucket list for quite some time.

“I’m very happy with the win,” said the cyclist who represented South Africa at the Olympics Game in Tokyo in 2021.

“It’s been a bucket list win for me as I finished in second the two previous years and I’m very happy to have been able to pull it off this year.

“A massive shoutout and very big thank you to all our sponsors and my family, as well as the people who has been in my corner for many years. I’ve been receiving support out of the Free State for many years and I’m really grateful for that.”

To cap off a near perfect week on the bicycle, Oberholser then went on to the Monte Casino Classico in Johannesburg on Sunday. She won the road race over 90km in a time of 2:36:26. – MORGAN PIEK