Namibia: Coetzee Wins Cycle Classic for the First Time

Drikus Coetzee won the Namibian Pick 'n Pay Cycle Classic for the first time on Sunday when he pipped Alex Miller and Xavier Papo in a sprint to the line.

Coetzee won the Men's Elite 100km race in a time of 2:33:07 to pip Miller to the line, while Papo came third one second behind.

Coetzee was always in the leading bunch and got away with the first break of seven cyclists on the turn off to the Daan Viljoen road. With the pace picking up, the leading bunch started to thin out, and by Matchless Mine there were only four remaining in the front, consisting of Coetzee, Miller, Papo and Ingram Cuff.

They worked together till the end, but dropped Cuff before the final sprint, to finish fourth in 2:33:13.

Coetzee was elated with the victory.

"Today was the best race that I had ever experienced in Namibia - it was proper racing and we worked together all the way and that's how it should be and it was a fair sprint contest. It was hard racing like it should be and I hope this is the level we are setting now for the future, because today was the first proper race that I've raced here in Namibia.

It was the first time that Coetzee had won the Cycle Classic and he said the title meant a lot to him.

"This is absolutely fantastic. About seven years ago, I did the Cycle Classic for the first time but then I dropped on the hill at the President's house. Since then I haven't been available for this race, so to now win it was really special and I really wanted this win," he said.

Coetzee recently returned to Namibia after racing in Europe and he said the experienced gained had been invaluable.

"I knew exactly where I had to go today, I knew I'm not a sprinter and I knew I had to take it out far, so I came out yesterday afternoon, practising my sprint over and over again, so I knew exactly what I was capable of. Normally I come second or third in the sprint, but that just shows the intensity that I got in Belgium and the UK - racing at the World Championship and the Belgium circuit, that gave me the intensity that I needed and I think that's what helped me win the sprint today," he said.

Michelle Vorster dominated the women's 100km race to win in a time of 2:39:39, while Risa Dreyer Burger came second in 2:58:15 and Melissa Hinz third in 2:58:43.

Divan Farmer won the men's 60km race in 1:47:33, beating Konrad Marais in a sprint to the line, while Bergran Jensen came third, a second behind.

Monique du Plessis won the Women's 60km race in 2:01:01, followed by Mandy Huysamen (2:07:00) and Marsha Nel (2:09:03).

On Saturday, Michelle Vorster also won the Elite Women's 50km mountain bike race on Saturday.

Vorster dominated the race, to win in a time of 2:12:50 and finish more than 22 minutes ahead of second-place Michelle Doman (2:25:16) and third-placed Courtney Liebenberg (2:28:57).

Alex Miller was a comfortable winner of the Elite Men's race over 50km, finishing in 1:57:00, with Gerhard Mans coming second more than two minutes behind in 1:59:28, while Christo Swartz came third in 2:00:27.

A total of 64 riders completed the Elite men's race.

Petro Enright won the Women's 30km race in 1:37:03, followed by Delsia Janse van Vuuren (1:37:25) and Christelle Tromp (1:37:26), while Jensen Bergran won the 30k male category in 1:12:15, followed by Kai-Uwe Brettschneider (1:13:19) and Daniel Hahn (1:14:28).

Kylie Dickerson won the Women's 15km race in 43:05, followed by Martina Gaike-Neuburg (47:51) and Christina Redecker (48:23), while Roger Suren won the Men's 15km race in 38:33, followed by Sean Lowe (38:33) and Simon Pencoft (38:34).

The Road Race and Mountain Bike results are attached.


CC Road Race results

CC MTB results

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