Schoeman and Viljoen win the Daily Dispatch Spar Cycle Tour – East London


A beautiful sunrise greeted the riders at the start of the 100km race which saw the women start the race with the Elite and Veteran men.

Within the first 7km multiple breaks by the Bestmed NMMU Team caused the bunch to disintegrate on the Hemmingway climb.
Different riders tried to get away for the KOM on top of the Hemmingway climb. Of the women only Anriette Schoeman (Africa Silks Bestmed) Allison Hertel (Bestmed NMMU), Monique Gerber (Bestmed NMMU) and Cindy Schultz managed to stay with the leading bunch.

Conrad Viljoen, Christiaan van Aardt and Royce Griffin attacked again with 81km to go breaking the leading bunch into three groups. In the chase by the main bunch several riders lost contact with the chasing group. Schoeman, Gouverous-Hertel and Schultz managed to stay with the chasing bunch. Just before the turning point in the race Donovan O’Reilly managed to cross over to the break with Francois Geldenhuys while Van Aardt rejoined the chasing bunch. The combination in the break proved too strong for the chasers as they slowly and consistently opened the time gap on the chasing bunch.

With 20km to go it was clear that the break would stay away while a sprint finish would determine the women's winner.

Viljoen left the other riders behind in a long sprint to the finish to claim 1st place in 2:34:35.

Anriette Schoeman (Africa Silks Bestmed) took the win in the women's race which involved a hectic sprint to the finish in 2:41:19.  Allison Gouverous-Hertel finished 2nd with Cindy Schultz 3rd. Both Schoeman and Viljoen claimed the Queen and King of the Mountain prime on the notorious Henning Way climb.