SA cyclist triumphs at US track meet

first_img19 August 2013 “Gordon Singleton was back at the track for the first time in 10 years and served as holder for his son and several Canadian riders. Philip upset the top-seeded Esterhuizen in the semis. “I raced two Tuesday races and two Friday races,” said Matthee ahead of the Fastest Man on Wheels competition. “I got a fifth place and a sixth place in the first week. Last Friday I got my first podium. Valuable UCI pointsBy claiming the victory, Esterhuizen captured valuable UCI points, which are needed in order to qualify for the UCI World Cup and World Championship competitions. He also finished third in the sprint, with Njisane Phillip (Trinidad) claiming the victory. “There are a lot of strong ladies racing and it’s not something that I am used to. It really feels like a different world.” Taking the lead position behind the pace motorcycle, the 21-year-old led out to the finish, digging deep to fend off local favourite Matt Baranoski (USA), Poland’s Kamil Kuczynski and Phillip. Elite Women – Scratch 1. Melissa Erickson (USA)2. Elizabeth Steel (NZL)3. Maroesjka Matthee (RSA) “I won my heat in the 500m chariot race and got narrowly beaten into third in the final. I managed a third place in the elimination and fifth in the Omnium. Elite Men – Sprint1. Njisane Phillip (TRI)2. Matthew Baranoski (USA)3. Bernard Esterhuizen (RSA) South African track cycling Olympian Bernard Esterhuizen raced to the men’s title in the Keirin at the Deer Park Nature Spring Water UCI Fastest Man (and Woman) on Wheels, held at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania on the weekend. Esterhuizen’s high-class speed placed him ahead of Kuczynski for third place. Maroesjka MattheeSouth Africa’s Maroesjka Matthee competed in the women’s challenge and claimed seventh in the Keirin, which was won by Missy Erikson of Colorado. Erikson also picked up UCI points by winning the 10-kilometre scratch race, with Matthee claiming third place.center_img SAinfo reporter Trexlertown, home to the most famous velodrome in the United States, is a world famous cycling hub, fondly known by cyclists as T-Town. “Esterhuizen easily knocked off Canada’s Chris Singleton, son of VPCC Hall of Fame member and world champion Gordon Singleton, in the quarterfinals,” The Morning Call reported. Elite Men – Keirin 1. Bernard Esterhuizen (RSA)2. Njisane Phillip (TRI)3. Matthew Baranoski (USA) Inside 11 secondsEsterhuizen was one of four riders to break the 11-second mark in the early rounds of the sprint competition, posting 10.73 seconds, followed by Baranoski at 10.76, Kuczynski at 10.90 and Phillip in 10.95. Matthee described the racing as very fast and said she had been competing in mostly short races since she had been in the United States. RESULTS Defeat“Philip started the sprint out of turn two, taking the lead after hitting the pole lane ahead of the South African. Philip kept the pedal power in high gear and led out to the end to make the finals.” Elite Women – Keirin 1. Melissa Erickson (USA)2. Mandy Marquardt (USA)3. Colleen Gulick (USA)7. Maroesjka Matthee (RSA) In an interview with The Morning Call, Esterhuizen said that he had planned his season around the UCI races. last_img