Schoeman Wins Engen Dynamic Challenge

by | Nov 13, 2012

Anriette Schoeman (Mecer Africa Silks) took a second gold medal in the Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenges 2012 Series, winning the  93km Durban leg on Sunday after winning the first leg of the series in Wellington. Photo: Alex CooperAnriette Schoeman (Mecer Africa Silks) showed true form by winning the Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenges 2012 Series this weekend. This was a back to back win for Schoeman as she also won the first leg of the series in Wellington.

Schoeman finished ahead of Cashandra Slingerland in silver-medal position, with Charlotte van der Merwe completing the podium. Photo: Alex CooperThe ladies had their own separate start and it was a beautiful sight with a huge contingent of ladies starting the 93km race which took them through the streets of Durban past several Engen service stations.

Awesome traffic control by 250 traffic officers and even more road marshals saw the riders safely through the city. Isabel Moolman was the first rider to lift the pace, stretching the bunch with the result that a few ladies lost contact with the bunch.

Schoeman upped the pace at the foot of a 4km climb, 14km into the race. Cashandra Slingerland (Mecer Ferrochrome) and Charlotte van der Merwe (MTN Qhubeka) also moved to the front of the bunch and further increased the pace.

At this stage only the Mr. Price Ladies could manage to stay with the leading group of who were opening a gap on the bunch. Another surge by Schoeman caused Moolman to lose contact with Schoeman, Slingerland and Van der Merwe. With 73km to go it was clear that the break was away as the gap steadily became bigger as the front three worked closely together.

Slingerland tried to get away with 9km to go but was closely followed by Van der Merwe who was totally focused on her. Schoeman then jumped past them to a solo finish. It was clear that a big sprint finish was destined between Van der Merwe and Slingerland as they sprinted shoulder to shoulder to the finish. Van der Merwe just managed to out sprint Slingerland to take 2nd with Slingerland coming in 3rd.

Schoeman also took the Engen Dynamic Series win after winning the 1st leg of the series in Wellington. Cashandra Slingerland finished 2nd in the Series after finishing 3rd in Wellington. Charlotte van der Merwe finished 3rd in the series after finishing 4th in Wellington.

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