Steeple CX Cup 2019 – Round #3
30 June 2019
Held at Rondebosch Boys High School Fields
A cool morning with a light breeze greeted riders for Race #3 of the 2019 Steeple CX Cup cyclocross series. After some rain the days leading up to the race, conditions were drier than expected.
Several new riders joined the ranks of the latest cycling revoluiton to hit South Africa, amongst them names associated with cycling royalty like Oli Munnik, Charles Keey and some talent to keep a keen eye on like Greg Lawson, who at only 14 put up a display of gritting and skilled riding.
The pace was fast and fierce over the 2.2km course, with the leading riders completing 8 laps in the 50 minutes.
Oli Munnik lead a large pack through the first lap, that saw Charl Neethling, Joel Schaefer, Michael Sutton, Charles Keey and Jean de Villiers all in with a shout. Oli slowly drew away from the field to finally take 1st place by just under 2 minutes. In final lap drama, 2nd place switched, and Jean de Villierstook advantage of an unfortunate technical, which saw Charl Neethling drop a place and finish 3rd.
In the overall series standings Charl Neethling’s consistent efforts movehim first place on 38 points. Ryan Lenferna holds onto 2nd spot on 36, while Nic Lamond remains in 3rdon 34 points, despite both missing Round #3.Jean de Villiers likely has his eye on moving up from a good position in 4th overall on 30 points
In the ladies Nicola Walker, remains on top of standings. She really does need some of the ladies to come out and give her some competition
The social race, is for all those wanting to test out cyclcross racing and have some fun on a bike. This event is attracting more new riders every time, and they also get to watch the main racing talent while enjoying all the race village and our partners RedBull, Camelthorn Beers and Sir Juice.
In this event a new comer Jonathan Visser stormed to a solid win, with Simon Cahill narrowly taking taking 2nd afterWarren Wilkinsonhad a charge for the line in a hotly contested sprint finish. In the ladies, Mary Quinn again took the top spot, with Cathy Spargo in 2nd.
Thanks to our partners and Rondebosch Boys High School for all they bring to these events. Next race is on 21 July at Klein Constantia Wine Farm. Enter online at www.steeplecx.co.za
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