Anriette Takes 2007’s Safest Race

by | Nov 22, 2007

Pick ‘n Pay General Manager (Marketing) Malcolm Mycroft congratulates 2007 Pick ‘n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge women’s winner, Anriette Schoeman (second left), while Marissa van der Merwe (second place) and Cherise Taylor (right, third place) smile after an exhausting race.

Pick ‘n Pay General Manager (Marketing) Malcolm Mycroft congratulates 2007 Pick ‘n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge women’s winner, Anriette Schoeman (second left), while Marissa van der Merwe (second place) and Cherise Taylor (right, third place) smile after an exhausting race.

The 11th Pick n Pay 94.7 proved to be an excellent challenge for the elite ladies racers, who started as a separate group at 06:20, and was clear that the ladies would be tested to their limits with a steep finish after racing each other for 94.7km.

Elsa Karstens (Cbist) launched the fist attack 12.7km into the race after a gentle first 10km start to the race, and team Proline Computers responded immediately with Carla van der Merwe (Proline Computers) closing the gap.

With the first Queen of the Mountain (QOM) coming 16.1km into the race, both Robyn de Groot and Marissa van der Merwe went to the front with Cherise Taylor (Konica Minolta).  

Marissa van der Merwe launched the sprint but was piped on the line by Taylor, who took the first QOM with Marissa van der Merwe second, and Lynette Burger (Cycle Lab) third.

Yolandi du Toit (Konica Minolta) immediately counter-attacked, and with both Anriette Schoeman and Robyn de Groot reacting immediately, it was clear that Yolandi was closely watched by Team Proline Computers. 

The Pick ‘n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge champion Anriette Schoeman is interviewed after her win.

The Pick ‘n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge champion Anriette Schoeman is interviewed after her win.

Schoeman launched an attack 19.7km into the race on the Nelson Mandela Bridge but this time the Cbist riders quickly closed the gap 2.3km later. 

As the bunch of 18 leading ladies passed through Rosebank 26km into the race, the ladies bunch started to catch up with the back markers of the vets groups who started earlier the morning.

De Groot, followed by Marissa van der Merwe and Schoeman, attacked again on a steep climb 32.5km into the race, and was closely followed by Taylor, Du Toit and Burger.

Luzanne Naude (Cbist) developed technical problems with her handlebars 36km into the race, but managed to get the problem fixed. The first Sprint Prime on 40km was hotly contested with Cherise Taylor taking the prime, with Schoeman passing second, and De Groot third.

The riders scarcely had time to recover when they had to contest for the second Sprint Prime, which followed 46km into the race, and time Anriette Schoeman took the prime, with Cherise Taylor passing second, and Lynette Burger in third position, leaving Manro (Cbist), Carla van der Merwe (Proline Computers) and Yolandi du Toit were left behind, only for Du Toit to recover, and work her way back to the bunch.

At 49.5km into the race Team Proline Computers attacked again when Robyn de Groot was send away with Schoeman and Van der Merwe trying to force a time-gap by slowing the pace.

Both Cbist and Konica Minolta committed to the chase, and caught De Groot 54.2km into the race, when disaster struck Naude (Cbist) when she developed technical problems for the second time in the race and was left behind.

Marissa van der Merwe took the second QOM on 65km into the race, with Taylor leading Schoeman behind her, with every cyclist in the leading bunch taking strain due to the continuous attacks.

The last serious attacked was launched by De Groot 85km into the race on the climb just before the descend down to Kyalami, where the leading bunch reached a speed of 90km/h, when it became clear that the race would be determined by a sprint to the finish.

Yolandi du Toit made the fist move around the corner up to the Waterfall Equestrian Estate, only for Van der Merwe to pass her on the right, and Taylor passing her on the left.

With 250m to go Jeannine Binneman made her move, and passed Taylor on the left-hand side followed by Schoeman. Taylor counter-attacked Binneman, and passed her on the right-hand side, while Schoeman jumped left past Binneman and Taylor to take first place, with Van der Merwe passing Taylor on the right hand side to take second place, with Taylor finishing third.

Elite Racing Women
1. Anriette Schoeman (Proline) 2:43:27
2. Marissa van der Merwe (Proline) 2:43:27
3. Cherise Taylor (Konica) 2:43:27
4. Jeannine Binneman (cbiss) 2:43:30
5. Anli Pretorius (Harmony) 2:43:32
6. Robyn de Groot (Proline) 2:43:34
7. Carla Freysen (No team) 2:43:41
8. Yolandi du Toit (Konica) 2:43:42
9. Louise Anne Murphy (Harmony) 2:43:49
10. Ilze Bole (Harmony) 2:43:51

1st Hotspot Women    
1. Cherise Taylor
2. Anriette Schoeman    
3. Robyn de Groot

2nd Hotspot Women  
 
1. Anriette Schoeman
2. Cherise Taylor
3. Lynette Burger

1st Queen of the Mountains Women
1. Marissa van der Merwe
2. Cherise Taylor
3. Jeannine Binneman    

2nd Queen of the Mountains Women
1. Marissa van der Merwe
2. Cherise Taylor
3. Anriette Schoeman

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