A commitment to work together is behind the success of the Demacon Women’s Team this year, says newly crowned South African road race champion Carla Oberholzer.
The 31-year-old from Clarens forms part of a four-rider outfit, including 2017 national road champ Heidi Dalton, Lynette Burger and Kim le Court.
Besides winning the road race title in Oudtshoorn this month, Burger won the Fast One in January and Oberholzer added the Ride for Sight title this month.
The SA road champ said their strength lay in the team ethic they had created.
“Individually we have four strong riders, but our real strength lies in the fact that we work so well together,” said Oberholzer.
“We encourage each other 100% and there’s never a situation where we have a lead rider for the day.
“We are very adaptable on the road and so we might go out with plan A, but if the designated rider isn’t working out we are able to quickly adopt plan B.”
She added that they had received a massive boost with the HEAD Bikes sponsorship.
“Having an equipment sponsor for ladies’ cycling in South Africa is huge and for us it is a big thing. It is a major step up.”
The outfit are now eyeing some immediate events in which they are keen to do well.
Besides the Bestmed Berge en Dale on Saturday, Oberholzer said they were also focused on the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope and the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
South Africa’s premier stage road race, the Tour of Good Hope takes place in and around Paarl from March 5 to 9, followed by the Cape Town race on March 11.
This year HEAD Bikes SA offer a limited range of road and mountain bikes to South African cycling enthusiasts, retailing their products online only.