Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
11 Feb 2016
12:58 pm

Impey retains SA time trial crown

Wesley Botton

The Orica-GreenEdge rider completed the 48km course in 1:01:23

Daryl Impey during the South African Mens Road and Time Trial Championships in Nelspriut on Thursday. Picture: Gallo Images

Defending champion Daryl Impey charged to his fourth straight national title in the elite men’s time trial on Thursday.

The Orica-GreenEdge rider completed the 48km course in 1:01:23 on day two of the SA Road Cycling Championships in Wartburg.

He covered the race distance 44 seconds quicker than silver-medallist Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, whose Dimension Data teammate Johann van Zyl took third place.

Impey, who was second in the road race at the last two editions of the national championships, lifted the SA time trial crown for the fifth time in six years.

“There’s always pressure coming here because I’ve always been the favourite, so it’s a relief to come back here and back it up,” Impey said.

Teenager Stefan de Bod won the men’s Under-23 time trial in 1:01:35, clocking the second fastest time of the day in any category, with only Impey going faster.

Ryan Gibbons finished second, more than a minute behind, and Keagan Girdlestone earned bronze to secure a Dimension Data podium sweep in the age-group contest.

“I was really nervous today because it is a really long time trial,” said 19-year-old De Bod, who won the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge in Joburg in November.

“I just started easy the first 15km, trying not to overcook it, and it worked. I am very happy with the result.”

Friday is a rest day at the annual championships, with the elite women’s road race set to be held in Durban on Saturday and the men’s race scheduled for Sunday.