Cyclists conquer Muldersdrift’s ‘Berge en Dale’

The race saw more than 5 000 entrants and although the weather seemed like it would interfere, the championship was a great success.

David Maree (Team Telkom) edged Kent Main (Team RoadCover) in a sprint finish to snatch the men’s first place at the Berge en Dale Cycling Championship on Saturday, 4 February. The race started and finished at Cradlestone Mall.

The 27-year-old from Fourways said the outcome came as a bit of a surprise as the team planned their strategy around Reynard Butler, their sprinter, in anticipation of a bunch finish in the 102km road cycling classic.

Cyclists from almost every cycling club and team entered the Berge en Dale Cycling Championship to determine if they had what it takes to ride the 102km trail.

David said he and Kent broke clear from the main peloton with about 10km of the trail remaining and managed to claim the title for themselves.

Reynard led the leading bunch home to take third spot on the podium.

The race saw more than 5 000 entrants and although the weather seemed like it would interfere, the championship was a great success.

David described the Berge en Dale as a real challenge, but one which suited his strengths.

“When you have a good race, this sort of event is amazing, but if you are not quite in top condition, you can really suffer,” said David.

“With 3km to go, we only had 16 seconds on the chasing group of about 10, so it was very close. We managed to just hold them off by about 10 seconds in a really good race.”

Kim le Court (Team Demacon), used her power in a sprint finish to retain the elite women’s title.

Captain Paula Terblanche of the Krugersdorp Police station also entered the Berge en Dale race.

An-Li Kachelhoffer, an Olympian cyclist and new leader of Team Bestmed-ASG took second place in the women’s classic ahead of Charlene du Preez of Team Clover

The 20-year-old Kim, who hails from Mauritius but is based in Pretoria, was delighted with the result, given the fact that she had joined a new team this year.

Kim said they tried but failed to go clear early on, but the race-winning break eventually formed on the first steep climb.

“We stayed in this position until the finishing sprint where I was nicely placed to win the title,” said Kim.

She said the victory was a good motivation as it has put her in a strong position for the year.

Katlego Maseloane, PR Manager of Cradlestone Mall, congratulated the victors with their astounding times.

“Well done to everyone who took part and especially to those who went the extra mile (literally) to secure the win in their respective categories,” said Katlego.

The race saw more than 5 000 entrants and although the weather seemed like it would interfere, the championship was a great success.

Take a look at photos of the race here.

Read more here

Speedy win for Berge en Dale classic cyclist

  AUTHOR
Bianca Pindral
Journalist

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