Demacon Ladies team captain Lynette Burger says a desire to put the team first has been the hallmark of their success in the South African cycling road racing season this year.
With Carla Oberholzer leading the field home, Demacon won their 10th one-day event of the year in the 140km Kremetart race at the Soutpansberg last weekend.
Burger paid tribute to the team and their support staff for the string of success in 2018.
“We are not greedy and it does not matter who we race for on the day as each and every one puts her heart and soul into it,” she said.
“In addition, our manager, David Pieterse, and our mechanic, Stefan Oberholzer, both sacrifice a lot.
“With David’s experience, we know we can do anything as he gives us such good advice. They believe in us as much as we believe in them.”
Even though they have a well-rounded outfit, Burger described their 10 wins from 10 one-day races as “amazing”.
“We knew we had a strong team, with climbers and sprinters for all types of routes, but these efforts exceeded our expectations,” she said.
“There is always very good competition and you almost sometimes wonder, ‘when are we going to lose?’, but we go into every race with a positive mindset.
“The success helps to keep our sponsors happy and it also means we have set the benchmark, which keeps the pressure on us to maintain a high standard.”
Playing a significant role is the partnership with HEAD Bikes SA, who has come on board as technical sponsor.
The company distributes the world-renowned HEAD bicycle in South Africa and Burger said this had contributed to their success.
She added that the support of financial sponsor Demacon for the past four years had also meant a great deal.
Furthermore, the team have concluded a deal with Positive Sports Solutions to be supplied with Gipiemme wheels this year. The SA company is the sole distributor of the highly-rated Italian brand in southern Africa.
Their wins have come from Oberholzer (SA Nationals, Ride for Sight, Berge en Dale, Vulintaba Extreme, Kremetart), Kim le Court (Cape Town Cycle Tour, Emperors Palace Classic, Tour Durban, 100 Cycle Challenge) and Burger (Fast One).