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Star cyclist wins the Momentum 94.7 Challenge for his late dad Print E-mail
19 November 2012

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Reinardt Janse van Rensburg had a great finish in the men’s race of the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge on Sunday as Sharon Laws became the first non-South African woman to win the ladies event.

Janse van Rensburg, taking part in the race in memory of his late father, crossed the finish line in 2hrs 10min 19sec. Johann Rabie of Team Bonitas finished two seconds behind Janse van Rensburg, beating defending champion Arran Brown, who came third in 2hrs 10min and 27sec. 
 
Janse van Rensburg dedicated his victory to his father, who passed away two weeks ago, after having played a big role in his cycling career. Sadly, this was the last time that Janse van Rensburg competed in the race as he wants to concentrate on the Oceans Marathon from next year.
 
Laws won the women’s race in 2hrs 39min and 43sec while fellow British rider Catherine Williamson of Team Bizhub finished second in 2hrs 43min and 10sec. Cherise Stander, the first South African woman to win this race, came third in 2hrs 45min and 10 sec. 
 
Among the 27 000 riders who took part in this gruelling 94.7km race was Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi, MEC for Infrastructure Development Qedani Mahlangu and 100 City of Joburg employees.
 
Vadi finished his race in 5hrs 45m and 23sec, whereas Mahlangu crossed the finish line in 6hrs 45min 27sec. It was the first time Vadi took part in the race. He said he did so after the Institute for Drugs Free Sport in South Africa asked him to be its ambassador.
 
He started training six weeks ago and never thought he would finish the race. Vadi said this was an experience he would never forget and promised he would take part again next year.
His message to the youth was: “Cycling is cool and cycling is a great alternative to drugs and wasting your life.”
 
The MEC said his department intended promoting cycling to people of all age groups in the province, starting in Lenasia early next year.
 
Mahlangu, who was also entering the race for the first time, said she was scared because she fell three times during practice. “I was not sure if I would make it to the finish line as it became tougher after 65km. I nearly gave up. But I continued. It was an exciting experience,” she said. 
 
Mahlangu encouraged everyone to take part in cycling and other forms of exercise as they reduced the risk of heart disease and hypertension.
 
Acting Mayor Rehana Moosajee described the race as a huge success. She said it confirmed once again that Johannesburg was a world-class African city.
 
“We need more partnerships of this nature. Our role as the City was to see to it that the event was a success. I would like to congratulate members of Team of Joburg and all other participants who sacrificed a lot to make it happen,” she said.
 
Acting City Manager Gerald Dumas said he was delighted to see the number of participants increasing each year. Dumas said the City had invested nearly R2.4 million in the race. “It was worth every cent. A number of international riders also entered. That has helped to promote the brand Joburg,” he said.
 
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Last Updated on 21 November 2012