After her victory at Tour Durban, Bestmed-ASG’s An-Li Kachelhoffer said the team had shown great improvement since the start of the year.
As she made her move to win, the former national women’s road champion was also looking after the fortunes of teammate Zanele Tshoko and together the two took top honours at this weekend’s one-day road race in KwaZulu Natal.
She said Tshoko was one of the riders who had shown vast improvement during her stint with the team.
“She is a talent for the future. She’s come on in leaps and bounds in training and this weekend showed that.”
Chante van der Merwe and Skye Davidson were two other riders about to make an impact, said Kachelhoffer.
“I love to see change and I can definitely see that on the team. The personal reward behind being a part of this is so satisfying.”
Kachelhoffer said she enjoyed working with the team in a mentorship role as the girls had a strong desire to improve.
“It’s important for me to encourage them and keep them motivated as we go forward.”
The 29-year-old said her role was to help the younger riders change their style of riding, to push them to be more aggressive and to try something new.
At Sunday’s race Kachelhoffer sent Tshoko up the road halfway through the 105km’s before she then bridged the gap to form a two-man breakaway at the front that would ultimately give the team a one-two finish.
“I kept pushing Zanele to continue opening the gap between us and the bunch,” said the 29-year-old.
“I could see she looked at me with these eyes that said she can’t push anymore, but I kept telling her to dig deeper and stick it out.
“This weekend is something she’ll hopefully remember for a long time because I hope it’s had some positive impact on her.”