South African Cycling
SA team bags medals in Egypt
Johannesburg - The South African national cycling team claimed five gold, two silvers and a bronze medal at the 2013 African Continental Championship staged at Sharm El Sheik in Egypt.
Monday's early start saw South Africa claim three gold medals and two silver medals in the Individual Time Trial.
National champion Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio claimed gold and the African Continental Championship title in the elite women's category over a distance of 21km.
The South Africans claimed a full house in the junior categories as Junior National Champion Heidi Dalton won gold and Monique Gerber claimed silver in the 21km women's race.
Ivan Venter and Morne van Niekerk won gold and silver respectively in the 21km men's race.
The continental event kicked off with the Team Time Trial discipline on Sunday with the junior men's team claiming gold by a margin of 17.28 seconds over a distance of 21km.
Nickolas Dlamini, Jandrich Kotze, Morne van Niekerk and Ivan Venter held off the Moroccan team, who finished second, with Algeria finishing third.
The junior women's team of Andri Coetzee, Heidi Dalton, Monique Gerber and Mikayla Oliver claimed gold in the 21km stage by a margin of 2 minutes 36.95 seconds over the host nation Egypt.
In the Elite TTT, South Africa's team was made up of under-23 riders only, and Calvin Beneke, Ryan Gibbons, Shaun-Nick Bester and JC Nel put on an outstanding performance in the 63km stage to claim a bronze medal against the strong and victorious Eritrean elite team. The Algerian team finished second.
The Elite and under-23 men will race in the ITT on Tuesday, covering a distance of 42km, and the junior women will kick off the road racing along a 63km course.