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Pietermaritzburg: Windy conditions in the sole African qualifier
The Msunduzi Road Challenge, venue of last year?s UWCT Final, has hosted the only qualifier event in the African continent with a time trial on Saturday and a road race on Sunday. The race was affected by very windy and cloudy weather conditions with rain showers during the end of the road race.
Both disciplines were held in Wartburg where the individual time trial World Championships took place last year.
Fastest woman in the race against the clock was Juanita Venter while Chad Short beat all of his males colleagues.
The road race event offered two distances. The 80km race for males above 60 years old and females above 55 proved victorious for Johan Spies as fastest man while Jennifer Rigby was best female.
The 109km race for the youngsters was won by Francois Geldenhuys (30-34 age group) who scored the double after winning his age group in the time trial the day previous. He broke away from the group to get a gap of 47 seconds over Adoph krige who outsprinted two others for 2nd place. Juanita Venter took the win in the road race, repeating her performance in the time trial.
Msunduzi Road Challenge : back to the Worlds routes
After the huge success of the UWCT Final in Pietermaritzburg last year, the organizer Alec Lenferna focused on the Elite World Championships MTB he held this past August. After another great success, Pietermaritzburg is again ready to receive the only African qualifier event in the UCI World Cycling Tour.
The courses will slightly change, all centralized in Warburg where the Time Trial Worlds was held last year.
The Time Trial course stays the course of last year, while the road races do the long 40k route that was also used during Worlds last year as the loop around Warburg. Younger age groups do three laps, younger age groups 2 laps.
All (South) African participants try to qualify for Worlds in Ljubljana-Slovenia between 28-31 August 2014.
4000 riders enjoy picture perfect conditions at Amy's Gran Fondo
One week before the UWCT final in Trento, Australia had been awarded the first qualifier event for the 2014 Final. Amy's GF offered three distances, but only the 110km race counted as the official qualifier.
A total of almost 4000 riders took the start in Lorne for one of the most beautiful courses in the UWCT. The loop ran along the Great Ocean Road with a climb towards Mt Sabine (565m above sea level) serving as the challenging difficult bit of the day.
First female overall was Australian Peta Mullens who finished a few seconds under three hours. Her average speed was 36.6 km/h.
Best male overall was her compatriot Zac Quinn who finished after 2h49m with an average speed of 38.8 km/h. The king of the mountains trophy was for Rhys Gillett.
Amy's Gran Fondo aims to reduce the incidence of death and injury of bike riders through safety awareness and education with a mission of safe bicycle riding for all Australians and a vision of zero bicycle rider fatalities.
United States led medal count again
For the third year in a row, the United States was the leading country in medals standings of the UWCT Final.
A total of 16 medals (10 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze) were won by riders originating from the country of Uncle Sam. The USA also proved to be the strongest country in the time trial.
Second in the standings was host country Italy, scoring 13 medals (6 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze). Italy,however, proved to be stronger than the USA in the road races, winning 11 of their 13 medals in this discipline.
Third place was for Slovenia, the host country of the 2014 World Championships. They are clearly prepared for a very strong showing next year!
A total of 23 different countries scored one or more medals. This number is remarkably higher than the 16 countries that won medals in both 2011 (Belgium) and 2012 (South Africa).
World Champions find glory on top of Monte Bondone
At the UWCT final in Trento, a total of more than 1100 riders spread out over 13 groups took the start early in the morning on Piazza Duomo to take part in the ultimate duel to become the new World Champions on the road..
A few accidents in the first descent with some seriously injured riders were the only negative point in a very well organized event.
The men 65+ and women 45+ had to go straight up Monte Bondone after the first loop. Younger age groups had yet another tough climb to tackle that made their races a real challenge.
In the men's 65+ age category, the battle remained very open until the last kilometer when Swedish rider Jan Karlsson attacked from a group of 4 competitors to be crowned the first World Champion of the day. Marti Shea was the first female reaching the top after the 20k climb. She was crowned World Champion in the 50-54 age group. Nicolo Mu won the 70+ male race while Julie Cutts, An Marie Miller,Carole Vanier and Gaye Lynn were respectively the best in the F45 to F65+ age groups.
German Bernd Hornetz arrived first on top of the 112km race and became the new M45 World Champion. His performances were live on Raisport television. Swiss riderAndreas Schweizer (M30) scored the best overall time, having started a few minutes later. Other World Champions were Italian Giuseppe Di Salvo (M16), Belgian Kristof Houben (M35), Italian Antonio Borelli (M40), American Brendan Sullivan (M50), Italian Silvano Janes (M55) and Norwegian Arne Raaen (M60).
First female reaching the 1654m high mountain was Canadian Alison Jones who recovered well from her crash in the time trial. She took the M35 World title. Her best time was beaten by Italian Chiara Ciuffini (M16) who started in a later age group. Other titles were for Finnish Riikka Pynnonen (M30) and American Anne Perry (M40)
Full results can be checked here