Bestmed-ASG’s team manager Owen Botha said he was happy with Kristen Louw’s speedy performance at the Cycle4Cansa Championship in Sun City on Saturday.
Louw, who is the team’s newest signing, won the 50km mountain bike race at the Cycle4Cansa Championship and Botha said he believed she had even more to offer.
“She’s a real talent. With a little guidance, we can be sure she’ll do even better in the future,” he said.
“This weekend was quite a prestigious event and we’re happy that we can be a part of somebody’s excitement and success.”
Botha explained he’d first been impressed by the young rider’s attitude when she crashed badly in a training session before a mountain bike race in Pietermaritzburg last year.
“She was so insistent on getting up and riding the next day, so they bandaged her up and she looked like a mummy. She had severe injuries but she had the heart of a lion and wanted to ride.
Louw completed the race, which consisted of two 25km loops, in 2:11:42 and was followed home two minutes later by teammate Nicolene Marais. Sharon van den Heever completed the podium.
The petit 19-year-old from Potchefstroom said she had wanted to put on a good show for her new team and set off at a furious pace in an attempt to catch the men’s field after the start, which helped her to gap the top women.
“The men went full out so it was tough to chase them, but I enjoyed the challenge,” she said.
“I’m very excited because this was my first race for the team. I’m very glad and grateful to have won it,” said Louw.
The race started from Sun City in the Pilanesberg and took riders through sections of the Gary Player and Lost City golf courses as well as the Letsatsing Game Reserve.