Moolman-Pasio, Gerber crowned African Champions in road races [updated]

Olympian Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and junior cyclist Monique Gerber were crowned African Continental Champions in the elite and junior women's road races in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, today.
Photo Credit: Raymond Cox
Moolman-Pasio, who represents Momentum Toyota Cycling Team in South Africa and races for the Lotto Belisol Ladies team whilst in Europe, added the continental title to her list of accolades this year in the 93km 63km race. The finish was close with Moolman-Pasio, Vera Adrian from Namibia (silver), and Wehazit Kidane from Eritrea (bronze) all recording the same finish time of 1 hour 53 minutes 24 seconds. An-Li Kachelhoffer finished in fourth place, missing the podium by 33 seconds.

Junior cyclist Gerber crossed the finish line in first place ahead of Ebtesam Zayed Ahmed (Egypt) and teammate Mikayla Oliver, who claimed a bronze medal, in a time of 56 minutes and 21 seconds. The junior women raced 63km 31km and compatriots Heidi Dalton and Andri Coetzee finished in 4th and 7th places respectively, recording the same finish time as Gerber.

In the Junior Men’s race, Ivan Venter, who races in the Nuwater team at home, claimed a bronze medal in the 93km 63km race, also recording the same finish time as the race winner. Moroccan Abderrahim Zahiri took the Championship title in 01:33:03, with Abderrahmane Mansouri (Algeria) in second place. Venter’s compatriots Morne van Niekerk finished within the same time in 6th place, with Nickolas Dlamini finishing 10th, 3 seconds off the pace. Jandrich Kotze finished in 17th place.

The Elite/U23 men’s road race takes place tomorrow.

* Update (5 December 2013): Distances corrected


Smartie, Dec 04 2013 09:29

Elite women: 93km in 1h53min
Junior women: 63km in 0h56min
Junior men: 93km in 1h33min

Are these times correct? What were their average speeds? +60km/h (apart from the Elite women)???

gtr1, Dec 04 2013 10:02

I think they missed an hour somwhere ?,?,

Fond_TF2, Dec 05 2013 08:13

@gtr1 - think you are right. Times of:

seem more realistic

Eldron, Dec 05 2013 08:31

Ahhh another sport where we dominate Africa.

Hopefully our footie win over Spain wasn't a complete fluke and we can finally start to smash Africa in the one sport where we are their whipping bafana bafanas.

Bayboy, Dec 05 2013 10:04

Elite women raced 63km in 1h53min
Junior women raced 31km in 0h56min

Matt, Dec 05 2013 11:06

Thanks all, the distances have been corrected as per the link above.

Sharkie 2, Dec 05 2013 11:09

It is a joke at such a short distance, the win wont make many waves through Europe. Ashleigh would most probably have won if the race was 90km odd as well but the woman need longer races