Carla Oberholzer Wins Women’s National Road Title for a Second Time

Sandton City Cycle Nation cyclist Carla Oberholzer is the 2024 South African Elite Road Race Champion, beating a hard-chasing Hayleen Preen and S’Annara Grove in third to win the 138km route in Midvaal in a time of 4 hours, 8 minutes and 32 seconds. Photo: Dino Lloyd

Sandton City Cycle Nation cyclist Carla Oberholzer is the new South African Elite Road Race Champion. This, after she completed the 138km route in Midvaal in a time of 4 hours, 8 minutes and 32 seconds, as the elite athletes seek to book a ticket to the Paris Olympic Games. 

Her maiden title came in 2018, speaking after the race, she says she was nervous about Hayleen Preen being hot on her heels: “To be honest I was really worried because I think it was 2021 where it was Hayley and myself, that day she beat me in the sprint and I was like, ‘Come on Carla, Hayley is a great rider – you can’t let this happen twice!’. 

“I was worried because I didn’t get any sprint training. But I relied on my instincts and I’m so grateful that it paid off.”

2024 South African Elite Road Race Champion, Carla Oberholzer

Cycling South Africa’s National Road and Time Trial Championships were held at Café du Cirque, in Springbok Road, Randvaal, and the route – characterized by its fairly flat terrain – delivered exciting race match-ups. 

Winner of the National Time Trial title Hayleen Preen, on Friday, 2nd February, finished second while S’Annara Grove was third after completing her race 1 minutes, 32 seconds after the winner Oberholzer.

Oberholzer started 2024 on a winning note after she dominated the 2024 Gauteng Provincial Road Championships race in January, clocking with a substantial lead of over 3 minutes on the peloton in the South of Johannesburg on Sunday, 21January.

Before that, in November 2023, the four-time African champion Carla Oberholzer earned the 2023 947 Ride Joburg title underlining her dominance in road racing in South Africa. 

Oberholzer’s recent results will make it tough for the selectors of the final team heading to France for the Olympics, as South Africa will only have two participants in the women’s road race at the Paris extravaganza.

In another photo-finish, Errin Mackridge secured the Junior Women’s title after clocking 3 hours, 14 minutes and 55 seconds, a second later, Megan Botha (03:14:57) followed with Chloe Chesterton (03:14:57) sealing the final podium spot, also a second after the winner. Interestingly enough all five women that crossed the finish line after Mackridge all recorded the same time (3:14:57). Proving the competitive nature of the Junior Women’s field. 

A competitive field of Veteran Women  (30-34 years old) saw Tanya Roos earn a gold medal after completing her race in 2 hours, 55 minutes and 18 seconds. Beverly Wingfield took a close second (02:55:19) and Erika Potgieter (03:01:31) wrapped up the top 3. 

Ansonia van Velden (02:55:18), was the winner of the Veteran Category that features women between 35 and 39 years old. Tanit Kruger (02:55:21) and Anet Coetzee (03:01:31) won silver and bronze respectively. 

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Main Photo Caption: Sandton City Cycle Nation cyclist Carla Oberholzer is the 2024 South African Elite Road Race Champion, beating a hard-chasing Hayleen Preen and S’Annara Grove in third to win the 138km route in Midvaal in a time of 4 hours, 8 minutes and 32 seconds. Photo: Dino Lloyd

Photo 2 Caption: Carla Oberholzer (centre) won the 2024 South African Elite Road Race ahead of  Hayleen Preen (left) and S’Annara Grove at Café du Cirque, in Springbok Road, Randvaal. Photo: Dino Lloyd

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