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Successful FS Cycling Championship at Vredefort’s Interpretation Centre

The championship featured three disciplines: the Time Trial, where riders race against the clock on aerodynamic bikes; the Criterium, a short 2km course emphasising skill and bike handling; and the Road Race, which tests riders’ fitness and tactical skills.

Despite the Vredefort Interpretation Centre being under construction, it proved to be an ideal venue for the Free State Road Cycling Championship held over the weekend of 15-16 June. Vredefort’s central location
attracted a competitive field, including racers from Gauteng and the Northwest, adding excitement to the event.

Supported by Fezile Dabi Tourism, Ngwathe Traffic, and the Parys Business Forum, the championship gained access to the under-construction Tourism Centre.

Local farmers and the community ensured safe access to the well-maintained S212 tar road.

Anatomic Sportswear, a local sportswear manufacturer, sponsored and organised the
event, prioritising rider safety by trimming trees and repairing potholes along the route.

“These kinds of events are essential to our local tourism,” said one of the organisers.
“Competitors from across the Free State made Vredefort and Parys their home for the two days.”

The championship featured three disciplines: the Time Trial, where riders race against the clock on aerodynamic bikes; the Criterium, a short 2km course emphasising skill and bike handling; and the Road Race, which tests riders’ fitness and tactical skills.

Adian Claassen (left) Free State top Junior in conversation with Gustav Roller from Gauteng, representing his Belgium professional cycling team.

Local riders showcased their talents, with U/15 competitor Riko Vorster winning gold
in all three disciplines.

Junior rider Jannes Koekemoer who received bronze in the Criterium Race, and silver for Time Trail.

Junior rider Jannes Koekemoer earned one silver and a bronze medal in the Time Trial and Criterium Race. Anna-Marie Ferreira, competing unchallenged in the 70+ category, also excelled in all three disciplines.

Christiaan Kapp, a U/15 mountain biker and student of the local Big Rock Cycling School, successfully completed all three events, gaining valuable road cycling experience.

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