Saturday , 24 August 2019

WOMEN OVERCOME STIFF RAINBOW CHALLENGE

 

Pietermaritzburg – With a bout of unseasonal rainfall in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands having settled for the inaugural Rainbow Challenge, the ladies races were well contested with Oudshoorn resident Frances Barnard producing the ride of the day to claim the 35-39 age category and post the women’s fastest time of the day at the Rainbow Challenge in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.

Barnard had spent a lot of the race working with fellow Western Cape resident and women’s 35-39 second place finisher Yolande de Villiers but explains that she was able to get away from the latter and put some time between them in the run-in to the finish.

“Myself and Yolande got away quite early and raced most of the race together and it was easy for us because we know each other well,” Barnard said. “We forced the pace at the front and I was just glad that I managed to get away from her at the end to get the win.”

The women's race at the 2014 Rainbow Challenge were keenly contested with Western Cape resident Frances Barnard coming in first amongst the whole field as well as her 35-39 age category on Saturday. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media

The women’s race at the 2014 Rainbow Challenge were keenly contested with Western Cape resident Frances Barnard coming in first amongst the whole field as well as her 35-39 age category on Saturday.
Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media

 

The weather was a concern for riders heading into the race on Saturday and Barnard was slightly apprehensive in the build up to the event but having the men’s races leaving before them meant the course was in better condition by the time the ladies headed out.

“I am over the moon after this win. I was quite nervous coming into the race because of the rain and I just hoped to finish the race in one piece. I went out there saying that I was going to try my best and the result is just a bonus!

“It was really muddy out there to start but I am glad that the boys went first because they swept the track and it was quite a lot of fun,” the national marathon champion said.

The ladies race at the 2014 Rainbow Challenge was an interesting one with Frances Barnard claiming the title having snuck away from friend Yolande de Villiers (pictured) close to the finish of the race at the Cascades MTB Park on Saturday. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media

The ladies race at the 2014 Rainbow Challenge was an interesting one with Frances Barnard claiming the title having snuck away from friend Yolande de Villiers (pictured) close to the finish of the race at the Cascades MTB Park on Saturday.
Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media

 

In the 50km race it was Sarah van Heerden who outstripped the rest of the field to claim the women’s 50+ Rainbow Challenge title on Saturday. Van Heerden was happy with her effort however she was quick to put the win in perspective.

“I know that there are a lot of girls that couldn’t be here so you just take the result for what it is but they weren’t here today so that is the luck of the draw I guess,” van Heerden said.

Following the rain overnight van Heerden was surprised by the fact that the course was not as slippery as she initially expected and she mentioned how much she enjoyed her day in the saddle.

“I thought it would be muddier than it was, which was a surprise! There were a few sections that were a little bit tacky but it is an amazing course with such variety but it certainly is not easy,” she commented.

It was a great day for last year’s 30-34 Cross Country Masters World Champion Nadene Cahill who produced a dominant display to win the women’s 30-34 age category by over a minute as the Hillcrest resident added the Rainbow Challenge jersey to her collection.

In what were initially tricky conditions the track dried out nicely for the ladies races at the 2014 Rainbow Challenge as current Marathon Masters World Champion Nadene Cahill powered her way to victory in the 30-34 age category on Saturday. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media

In what were initially tricky conditions the track dried out nicely for the ladies races at the 2014 Rainbow Challenge as current Marathon Masters World Champion Nadene Cahill powered her way to victory in the 30-34 age category on Saturday.
Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media

 

 

SUMMARY OF RESULTS – RAINBOW CHALLENGE

Women 30-34 (70km)
1.Nedene Cahill 4:50.00
2.Dalene van der Leek 4:51.29
3.Vanessa Bell 4:51.47
4.Liesl Lourens 5:06.39
5.Katerina Slegrova 5:08.18

Women 35-39 (70km)
1.Frances Barnard 4:28.20
2.Genevieve Weber 4:39.57
3.Michelle Vorster 4:48.47
4. Nadia Visser 5:17.05
5. Nicky Booyens 5:20.03

Women 40-44 (70km)
1.Yolande de Villiers 4:32.37
2.Natalie Bergstrom 4:54.02
3.Isabel Moolman 5:09.09
4.Andrea von Holdt 5:22.19

Women 45-49 (70km)
1.Brenda Potts 4:56.15
2.Monica Glover 5:04.21
3.Bonny Swanepoel 5:19.11
4.Wanda Tattersall 5:24.28
5.Sanmari Woithe 5:37.00

Women 50+ (50km)
1.Sarah van Heerden 3:35.00
2.Colleen Jacobs 3:56.47
3.Nicky Green 3:57.05
4.Helen Gibbings 4:14.36
5.Francis Marsburg 5:33.28

More information on the 2014 Rainbow Challenge can be found at www.rainbowchallenge.co.za

 

Source: Gameplan Media

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