The top four ladies all recorded the same finishing time, but the race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban seldom livened up much, mostly due to the stiff easterly wind and a forgiving route that starts at 600m above sea level and ends at the coast.
Up-and-coming Robyn de Groot’s efforts in winning the race’s first Queen of the Mountain title counted against her in the end, as she failed to make the top five finishers, and the steadfast Schoeman’s talent for keeping her nose in the front earned her the second majestic title on offer.
Schoeman clocked 03:00:47 in a race that saw all potential aggression curbed by the relentless coastal wind. The lead group was gradually whittled down over the first two-thirds of the race. with just 12 riders tackling the final 35km.
Lynette Burger (Cycle Lab Supercycling) finished second with Marissa van der Merwe (Proline) collecting the final podium place. Yolandi du Toit (Konica Minolta) and Lizanne Naude (Cbist) were fourth and fifth respectively.
The Elite Women’s podium at the Pick ‘n Pay Amashovashova on Sunday comprised (from left) Marissa van der Merwe (third), Anriette Schoeman (first) and Lynette Burger (second). Photo credit: SteveYelseth.com
Women’s Results in the 2007 Pick ‘n Pay Amashovashova 106km, on Sunday 21 October 2007:
1. Anriette Schoeman (Proline) 03:00:47
2. Lynette Burger (Cycle Lab Supercycling) 03:00:47
3. Marissa van der Merwe (Proline) 03:00:47
4. Yolandi du Toit (Konica Minolta) 03:00:47
5. Lizanne Naude (Cbist) 03:00:49
Queen of the Mountain 1 (Fox Hill): Robyn de Groot (Proline)
Queen of the Mountain 2 (Inchanga): Anriette Schoeman (Proline)
1. Michelle Corbett 03:04:16
2. Ronette de Bruyn 03:14:37
3. Heleen de Boer 03:27:28
1. Jade Roberts 03:00:57
2. Claire Matthews 3.04.10
1. Isabel Moolman (Mr Price Westville) 03:00:51
2. Carla Rowley (MTN Club 100) 03:03:48
3. Brenda Potts 03:04:13
1. Marina Smuts 03:04:20
2. Lizelle Bester 03:04:24
3. Pauline Cound 03:09:33
1. Cobre Oberholzer
2. Suna Ferreira
3. Phillipa Tucker
1 Garry Young / Zella Young (Cycle Lab Supercycling) 02:51:38
2 Bernie Wheeler / Charlene du Toit 02:56:58
3 Pierre Naude / Tersia Nel 02:57:00