Takealot Berge & Dale Cycling Race

Co-owner of Artists Cafe, physio and champion cyclist Carla does it again. Although she doesn’t get the lion’s share of coverage, she achieved yet another great victory. Obviously the mountains around Clarens and the high altitude as well as an intensive training regime helped when she took on the Cradle of Humankind based event.

2019/02/23

Oosthuizen outduels Pritzen to take Berge & Dale

Jason Oosthuizen outduelled fellow teenager Marc Pritzen to win his first
major road classic in the 20 th edition of the Takealot Berge & Dale cycling
race in Krugersdorp on the West Rand today.
In a two-man breakaway over the final few kilometres in the 108km
feature race, the TEG ProCycling rider edged the in-form Pritzen in the
sprint for the finish up Krugersdorp hill.
He crossed the line in 2:29:09, with Pritzen (OfficeGuru Racing)
centimetres behind and credited with the same time. Travis Barrett, also
of OfficeGuru, completed the podium in 2:29:23.
As a Krugersdorp resident, the 19-year-old Oosthuizen said it was a
special feeling to win a race in his own backyard.
“I have raced it a couple of times and contended as a junior, but never
won the event,” he said. “So this was a really good moment for me and
my team.”
He won the national U23 road title last year, but said this was a major
victory for him in the elite category.
Oosthuizen said the race boiled down to an attack on the Sterkfontein
climb after a group of 15 riders had broken away around the 40km mark,
creating a gap of two minutes, 15 seconds.
“But we had a few guys on the front rolling through and we gradually
brought them back at the foot of Sterkfontein,” he added.
“At that stage, Marc Pritzen [the current SA U23 road champion] attacked
over the top and five of us – I, Marc, Kent Main, Travis Barrett and Chris
Jooste – got away from the bunch.
“Marc then attacked again and I managed to stay with him as we got a
gap on the other three.
“It was a difficult sprint up Krugersdorp hill because it’s a new one after
they flipped the route, but luckily the timing was on my side and I
managed to edge home on the line.”
Faced with a new route, which race organisers ASG Events changed to
improve the safety aspect of the event, Oosthuizen said he felt it had
been a good challenge.

“This route is a different ball-game because going through the Cradle
[Cradle of Humankind] it is quite hilly and you have to consider your
options.
“You don’t want to miss a big break in the start, but you also don’t want
to spend all your pennies and not be able to contend when it comes to the
climbs.
“It definitely provides a different perspective and makes for positive
racing because you can’t just sit in the bunch and wait for the sprint –
you have to race it.”
He added that his victory would not have been possible without the
support of his team.
“If you don’t have a team ethic in this sport you won’t make it, so a big
shout-out to my teammates for this win.
“We missed the breakaway about 40km into the race, but even the junior
riders came forward to help and it was great to win for them.”
Oosthuizen said they would now turn their attention to the Takealot Tour
of Good Hope in the Cape Winelands from March 4 to 8 before tackling
the Cape Town Cycle Tour on March 10.
On a good day for the Oosthuizens, Jason’s father, Thys, won the 40-49
category in a time of 2:37:41.
In the women’s race, Demacon MaxWax claimed their first podium spot of
the year when Carla Oberholzer successfully defended her title, holding
off Johanna van de Winkel (Cycle Nation) in a sprint finish.
She crossed the line in 2:57:16, with Van de Winkel five seconds off the
pace. Oberholzer’s teammate Kim le Court completed the podium in
2:57:51.
After a breakaway by Le Court at the Sterkfontein climb, Oberholzer said
she and Van de Winkel were able to close the gap before going head-to-
head in the final stretch.
“Jo was really strong today and almost caught me unawares on the last
uphill sprint,” she said.
“I had to work extremely hard to come over to her for the win, but in the
end it was a phenomenal team effort that got me home.

“After going up Sterkies [Sterkfontein] you think there is time to recover,
but there isn’t really because basically you have to pedal all the way and
the uphill finish makes for interesting racing.
“I love this route, which I prefer to the old one as it makes it a race which
offers something for the climbers.”
After her team dominated women’s cycling in South Africa last year,
Oberholzer said it was “amazing to win a race again”.
“We have not had the best start to the year and the morale was a little bit
low, but we always said we just need to keep our heads up.
“Our goal will always be to win whenever we compete and that goal has
not changed. Today we rallied as a team and it’s good to be back on the
top podium spot.”
Results
108km
Elite men
1 Jason Oosthuizen 2:29:09
2 Marc Pritzen 2:29:09
3 Travis Barrett 2:29:23
4 Kent Main 2:29:24
5 Chris Jooste 2:29:31
Junior men
1 Travis Stedman 2:29:51
2 Tiano da Silva 2:30:28
3 Dian Fritz 2:30:54
Veteran men (30-39)
1 Adolph Krige 2:38:31
2 Richard Baxter 2:38:31
3 Werner Roux 2:38:33
Veteran men (40-49)
1 Thys Oosthuizen 2:37:41
2 David Labuschagne 2:37:42
3 Johan van Rooyen 2:38:35

Veteran men (50-59)
1 Samuel de Swardt 2:48:21
2 Graeme Cronje 2:48:26
3 Grant de Ridder 2:48:27
Elite women
1 Carla Oberholzer 2:57:16
2 Joanna van de Winkel 2:57:21
3 Kim le Court 2:57:51
4 Sanet Coetzee 2:58:31
5 Kelsey van Schoor 2:58:32

(ends)

CAPTIONS
Photo 1: Jason Oosthuizen (left) pips Marc Pritzen in the final dash for
the line to win the Takealot Berge & Dale 108km cycle road race for the
first time in Krugersdorp on the West Rand today. Photo: Jetline Action
Photography
Photo 2: Jason Oosthuizen (left) speaks to race announcer Johnny Koen
after he won the Takealot Berge & Dale 108km cycle road race for the
first time in Krugersdorp on the West Rand today. Photo: Jetline Action
Photography
Photo 3 (Featured): Carla Oberholzer crosses the line to successfully defend the
women’s title in the Berge & Dale 108km cycle road race in Krugersdorp
on the West Rand today. Photo: Jetline Action Photography
Photo 4: The Takealot Berge & Dale cycle road race, featuring distances
of 108km and 60km, attracted several thousand competitors when it took
place in Krugersdorp on the West Rand today. Photo: Jetline Action
Photography

Author: ClarensNews

Editor of Clarens News