Cape Town - Despite a string of successes
behind her name over the past 12 months, South African road champion Carla
Oberholzer feels she still has plenty of room for improvement.
The Demacon Women’s Team rider’s latest triumph
came when she won the title at the national road championships in Oudtshoorn
early this month.
Last year, Oberholzer was at
the forefront of many of the country’s major road races,
picking up four top podium spots, including the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa and the
Amashova Durban Classic.
However, even with the
national road title under her belt, the 31-year-old said she knew there were
always aspects to work on in her cycling.
think it’s very difficult to say you are riding at the peak of
your ability,” she said.
do have good form which I carried over from last year, so things are definitely
there is always something to work on and one of the things I will be looking to
improve is my power and strength.”
Nonetheless, she is pleased to
have ticked off another goal on her list after being crowned SA road champion.
the SA road title was my first big goal of the year, especially after last year’s race when I thought I had a chance but just didn’t make it.
take top spot was satisfying and I am very happy to keep the jersey in the team
for another year, after Heidi Dalton won last year.”
Oberholzer and Dalton, members
of the Demacon Women’s Team who have HEAD Bikes SA
as their equipment sponsors this year, are joined by Lynette Burger and Kim le
The SA road champ said their
strength lay in the team ethic they had created.
we have four strong riders, but our real strength lies in the fact that we work
so well together,” said Oberholzer.
encourage each other 100% and there’s never a situation
where we have a lead rider for the day.
are very adaptable on the road and we might go out with plan A, but if the designated
rider isn’t working out, we are able to quickly adopt plan B.”
Oberholzer said they had
received a massive boost with the HEAD Bikes sponsorship.
an equipment sponsor for ladies’ cycling in South
Africa is huge and for us it is a big thing. It is a major step up.
am totally satisfied with the bike I have, which is slightly heavier – about 100g – than the bike I
rode previously, but it’s much more
terms of sprinting and downhill, it definitely gives you an advantage, while
not having a drawback on the climbs – it still climbs
Oberholzer, who will be riding
in the Bestmed Berge en Dale on Saturday, said they were also focused on the
Bestmed Tour of Good Hope and the Cape Town Cycle Tour in the immediate future.
South Africa’s premier stage road race, the Tour of Good Hope takes
place in and around Paarl from March 5 to 9, followed by the Cape Town race on