SA Time Trial and Road Cycling Championships 2019
Local cycling hero and professional cyclist Daryl Impey defended his dual titles of National Time Trial champion and Road Cycling champion at the South African Cycling championships in Tshwane from 7-10th February 2019.
Impey, fresh from his second consecutive victory at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, will once again don the National Champions jerseys for both disciplines on the World Pro Tour circuit. He also gained valuable UCI points for his team on the World Pro Tour rankings.
Racing for Australian cycling team Mitchelton-Scott, Impey demonstrated his dominance at the Time Trial beating Dimension Data hopefuls Stefan De Bod, second, by 1’11.563 and third placed, Louis Meintjies by 4’07.888.
The 163km road race took place in a series of fast and furious laps around the iconic Union Buildings, contested by every local Elite team and rider including World Pro Tour team Dimension Data fielding seven riders, Pro-Continental teams ProTouch and TEG, as well as LusoAfrica and OfficeGuru, amongst others. Spectators enjoyed a spectacular display of speed and tactics up the grinding Union Buildings climb and down the back straight, followed by a trail of speeding support vehicles and team managers.
Impey singlehandedly snatched victory in the road race from rivals Ryan Gibbons, Stefan De Bod and Reinhard Janse Van Rensburg of Team Dimension Data following an exciting attack up the gruelling Tom Jenkins climb in the dying laps of the race.
Nicholas Dlamini (Dimension Data), Jayde Julius (Pro Touch) managed to break away from the bunch, with Dlamini going off the front ahead of the looming 12% gradient up the infamous Tom Jenkins climb where the chasing peleton slowly reeled him in. Impey launched a convincing attack as he powered away to an unassailable lead over the top, soloing his way to victory down the back straight.
“It was a tough, tactical race,” said Impey, who is understandably pleased to have beaten the odds, being outnumbered by rival teams. He thanked his local support crew Jeremy Maartens, Steve Saunders and JP van Tonder of PTSCoach for their backup on the day and help throughout the championships.