Daryl Impey will represent South Africa at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships taking place in Ponferrada, Spain, from 21-28 September. // Photo credit: Graham Watson. Impey’s inclusion has not been at the expense of any rider on the national team. However, Jay Thomson, who was scheduled to race in the Time Trial, will no longer be competing. Both Thomson and Impey opted not to race the Time Trial as they felt they had not spent enough time on the time trial specific bike in the lead up to Worlds. Impey will focus on the road race. Ex professional cyclist and South African Champion, Robert Hunter, will also be in attendance and will assist with the team manager duties. Hunter’s expertise in the professional cycling environment will be of a great advantage to the South African team. Cycling South Africa extends a huge thank you to Team MTN-Qhubeka team principal, Douglas Ryder, and his team for the services of their bus driver and their mechanic for the World Championships. Team MTN-Qhubeka is based in Italy and the use of their infrastructure is a valuable resource for the national team in Spain. The bulk of the national team will depart from South Africa on Friday morning, 19 September. They will join the rest of their national teammates in Spain. The full team that will represent South Africa at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships is as follows: Elite Men Daryl Impey Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg Jacques Janse van Rensburg Under 23 Louis Meintjes Jayde Julius Kevin Patten Willie Smit Elite Women Ashleigh Moolman Pasio An-Li Kachelhoffer Heidi Dalton Junior Men Gustav Basson Ivan Venter Graeme Ockhuis Stefan de Bod (Non Traveling Reserve) Junior Women Monique Gerber Michelle Benson Catherine Colyn Management Bosseau Boshoff Robert Hunter Megan Earl We wish the national team all the best in their efforts and achievements.
Bestmed-ASG junior cyclists (from left) Michelle Benson, Catherine Colyn and Monique Gerber will represent the future of South African women’s cycling at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, from September 21 to 28. // Photo: Gerda Benson. Gerber and fellow Bestmed-ASG teammates Catherine Colyn and Michelle Benson will make up the junior female component of the national team, which was announced by Cycling South Africa on Friday. Team manager Owen Botha was pleased by the inclusion of his charges and he was hopeful that they would become the core of the senior women’s team in years to come. “Our aim is to develop internationally competitive female riders, and specifically for the Commonwealth (2018) and Olympic Games (2020).” Gerber, from Port Elizabeth, has just returned from the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Korea where she focused on the individual pursuit and scratch races. Botha said only Gerber and Benson would participate in the 14km individual time-trial in Spain, which would be the latter’s main goal. According to him, all three riders were entered for the 72.8km road race, which featured two telling ascents on each lap for a total of 1 224 metres of climbing. “Catherine can climb very well, so the course should suit her,” said Botha. The fast and technical nature of the closing kilometres could however favour a rider like Gerber if the racing stayed close, said Botha. “If she hangs on she has a very good chance of victory.” African junior road champion Monique Gerber (Bestmed-ASG) will spearhead the South African junior women’s attack at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, from September 21 to 28. // Photo: Gerda Benson. He said all three had been performing at a consistently high level since the start of the season. In February, Benson and Gerber grabbed gold and silver respectively in the individual time-trial at the national champs. Gerber also claimed the runner-up spot in the road race to add to second place finishes in The Herald VW Cycle Tour and Tour Durban national classics. Benson, who hails from Pretoria, won gold in the time-trial at the African Youth Games in Botswana in May. Capetonian Colyn showed her liking for tours by notching up junior victories at the Trac N4 Tour (March), Bestmed Jock Cycle Classique (July) and Lowveld Tour (August).