Road biker, Bernardo Ayuso, capped a fine weekend with an emphatic victory in the annual Otse-Kanye 120 kilometres cycle challenge.
The sensational rider from the Bernado Ayuso cycling club is undoubtedly in fine form grabbing every contest that comes his way.
Despite a disappointing finish in the national championships owing to mechanical faults, Ayuso dusted himself up on Sunday’s intriguing 120kilometres race across the mountainous and picturesque region of Otse and Kanye.
Ayuso faced stiff competition from his usual bitter rivals Boipuso Masepe, Thato Madimabe and Lulu Telekelo. At some sections of the descending slopes along the Ranaka and Kanye intersections the fearless youngster Madimabe led the pack with Telekelo and Kyle Poppleton closing in.
It was a case of too little too late for Poppleton and third placed Masepe as Ayuso managed to hold off the frantic chase from the duo right from the second loop around Mogobane dam.
Ayuso kept his cool head letting the duo to dictate the pedal speed but the entire pack watched in disbelief during the last fifteen kilometres when he broke away.
Four minutes after Ayuso’s arrival at the finish line Poppleton and Masepe arrived in photo finish for the second and third spot respectively in 3 hours 25minutes and 2seconds.
In the Master’s category veteran cyclist Seamus O’Neal clocked 3hours and 38minutes for the first spot.
In the 60km juniors exciting youngster Jip Vader came first in an hour and 50minutes followed by Nonofo Maswabi and Segomotso Ditlhakeng in 2hours 13minutes and 2hours 34minutes respectively.
Chairperson of the host club Tsela Riders, Game Mompe told BOPA in an interview that they were pleased by the overall preparation to the season’s last race despite a relatively poor attendance by cyclists.
She explained that the race was a perfect practice match for the highly coveted 94.7 Momentum race later this month in Johannesburg. Tsela Riders club send their development riders to the race annually.