By Quintin van Jaarsveld
Local cyclists made the most of the rare opportunity to compete in a home race with full road closure in the Hibiscus Coast Classic in Margate on Saturday.
Feeding off the energy still lingering in the air after the UCI Category 1.2 (international calibre) Mayday Classic the previous day, inspired South Coasters posted excellent results and won their share of the R45000 prize purse in the 80km, 60km, 45km, 30km and 10km races.
The Uvongo-based Lindecke family secured two wins and a memorable hat-trick of podium places in the Hibiscus Coast Municipality Cycling Festival event.
Reigning KwaZulu-Natal Under-14 boys champion Cale’s skill and fitness saw him speed pass older competitors and claim the outright win in the 45km race by the narrowest of margins.
He took the win in one hour 44 minutes 59 seconds, a solitary second ahead of Burry Stander Foundation development team rider and open winner, John Cele.
“An overall win is always good in your home town,” Cale told eHowzit.
“It’s a great feeling, especially because I was racing against riders as old as 18 years.
“The race was hard in the hard winds. It really picked up at around 10am when the strong gusts made it a tough race, and it was a bit longer than expected as it was advertised as a 40km race.”
His mother Julie wasn’t far behind.
“The race was probably just as hard as the 80km event, but the most important thing is I was out there with my family and friends enjoying it,” she said.
Lindani Shusha (1:44:16) saw off the challenge of Dominic de Bruin (1:48:54) for the final step on the overall podium, while Nicholas de Bruin won the Under-12 age category in two hours 44 seconds.
Cale’s sister Amber won the Under-12 category in the 10km race in a time of 23 minutes.
“I’m so happy with my first place. The race was a lot of fun but the post office hill was a killer,” said Amber.
She placed third overall behind runner-up Evan Moolman (22:15) and winner Marcel Moore (20:11).
Her father Brian was in action in the 80km race, which featured a number of elite cyclists, and managed third place in the 40-44 age group after two hours 37 minutes 22 seconds of riding.
“The young guns are way too strong for me, so I’m very happy with my result,” he said.
“It was evident early on that it would be a fast race and it was hard with the small, sharp climbs.
“An event of this size takes a lot of organising and it went off well, so I commend the organisers for such an enjoyable event,” he added.
Fellow local Fred van Zyl just missed out on a podium place in the 50-54 age group, finishing fourth in two hours 43 minutes 16 seconds.
Upfront, Tessa Hesse and Isabel Moolman both crossed in two hours six minutes 22 seconds and were joined on the all-female overall podium by Lauren Snell (2:06:25).
Barend Kruger of Southbroom finished fourth in the 60 and over age group (won by Vaughan Cronje in 1:59:49) in the 60km race in two hours nine minutes 48 seconds.
The tandem of David Duke and Darrell Seed (1:43:10) were the overall winners over 60km.
The 30km overall podium consisted of Sarah Ryan (1:07:11), Warren Moolman (1:11:16) and Megan Caldecott (1:11:32).