Team Office Guru Racing’s Dylan Girdlestone clinched a solo victory when he beat the chasing bunch to the Medihelp trapNET finish line at SuperSport Park today.
He completed the 95km race in a time of 02:08:43. David Maree and Tyler Day completed the podium in second and third respectively – finishing within a tight bunch sprint, several metres behind the champ.
Girdlestone, who narrowly missed the top spot in the 2018 trapNET, attributed his win to a combination of local route knowledge and teamwork under challenging circumstances.
“Our team was low on riders today, with two being away and one feeling ill, so we basically had three riders doing the work of six. Team DNS ENZA Construction animated a lot of the racing, but having grown up in the area with this route as my training ground in my younger years, I knew exactly where to hit the guys hard and where the stress points were on the course.”
“Our goal was to race strategically and conserve energy until the Solomon Mahlangu climb, and I knew that if we had enough left in the legs, we could do some damage and get rid of Nolan Hoffman,” reflected Girdlestone.
“We knew that if Nolan got over the climb with us, he would have posed a massive challenge and possibly beat us to the finish. But I managed to create the gap on the climb was able to hold it all the way to the finish. All in all, it was a good morning out, and I’m proud of my team.”
In the women’s race, Kimberley Le Court clinched the top spot in a time of 02:38:13.8, narrowly beating Desray Neale Sebregts, who came second in a photo finish. Parys Edwards finished in third place, crossing the finish line in 02:38:16.
The category winners – including select age group categories – shared an overall prize purse of R65,000, with Girdlestone and Le Court each receiving R10,000.
Medihelp’s Principal Officer, Heyn van Rooyen, also participated in the race and hailed the organisers for delivering another successful event.
“It was a privilege to sponsor the 2019 Medihelp trapNET. From the overall planning right through to traffic management, it was a wonderful race. This event is an important partnership for Medihelp, not only because it takes place in Pretoria, but also because Medihelp values the promotion of a healthy and active lifestyle.”
For race director Renee Jordaan and her organising team, it was a successful day. “The overwhelming feedback we’ve received today was that participants had a great time on the course. My team and I are proud to have brought another great race to the City of Tshwane, and I am grateful for the generous support we have received from all our sponsors.
“This year our close collaboration with the City and traffic authorities resulted in full road and lane closures, and this added safety measure was noted by many cyclists who crossed the finish line. I look forward to bringing a bigger and even better Medihelp trapNET to the Pretoria and Centurion regions in 2020, and further establish the Medihelp trapNET as a firm favourite on the City of Tshwane’s race calendar.”
It was also a lucky day for trapNET finisher Steven Young, who won a VIP cycling trip to ride the Pinarello Gran Fondo in Italy. Valued at R75,000, this is the biggest lucky draw prize given out at any cycling event in South Africa.
After the event’s successful inaugural staging in 2018, Medihelp, kykNET and the City of Tshwane returned as event partners for 2019. This year saw the addition of new sponsors, including Twizza, Mango Airlines, The Centurion Hotel, Devil’s Peak and Renault.
The Medihelp trapNET is a proud supporter of CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation, the only organisation in the country that provides comprehensive support to children with cancer and other life threatening blood disorders, and their families.
- Dylan Girdlestone – Office Guru (02:08:43)
- David Maree – ENZA Construction (02:09:01.5)
- Tyler Day – Barzani Pro Cycling (02:09:01.6)
- Kimberly le Court – Demacon Max Wax (02:38:13.8)
- Desray Neale Sebregts – Token Cycling (02:38:13.9)
- Parys Edwards – Karan Beef (02:38:16.6)