Anya du Plessis, Soro Minata, Ainsli de Beer and Mia Fortuin dominated the podium in the 123rd edition of South Africa’s traditional festive season track cycling event at the Paarl Boxing Day Track Challenge.
South African track and para-cycling superstar Mia Fortuin won the 800m Junior Elite Ladies event ahead of Soro Minata, from the Ivory Coast, and Anya du Plessis, in third place.
In the 1500m, the Ivorian Minata claimed the gold medal whilst Western Cape MTB silver medallist Anya du Plessis took the silver medal, and de Beer settled for bronze.
The South African trio of Anya du Plessis, Ainsli de Beer and Mia Fortuin made it a 1-2-3 finish in the 3km Junior Elite Ladies event, while Du Plessis stormed to victory in the women feature race, closely followed by de Beer and Fortuin.
The Paarl Boxing Day Track Challenge is the oldest event in all forms of cycling in the world, and the meeting has not skipped a year since its inception in 1897.
Photo Caption: Leading SA junior cyclist Ainsli de Beer said that it was an awesome experience to race in front of such a large crowd, at the 123rd running of the Paarl Boxing Day Track Challenge. Photo: Ainsli de Beer (Instagram)