Other sport 20.8.2016 01:34 pm

Pavlov romps home for Cycle4Cansa triumph 

Winner Alex Pavlov (centre) with second place finisher Pieter Seyffert (right) and third placed Henry Uys pose for a picture after competing in the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa MTB Classic, 20 August 2016, at Sun City in the North West Province. Participants traverse large sections of the resort's grounds, including a palm plantation and the renowned Gary Player and Lost City golf courses. They also go through the neighbouring Letsatsing Game Reserve. Picture: Michel Bega

Winner Alex Pavlov (centre) with second place finisher Pieter Seyffert (right) and third placed Henry Uys pose for a picture after competing in the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa MTB Classic, 20 August 2016, at Sun City in the North West Province. Participants traverse large sections of the resort's grounds, including a palm plantation and the renowned Gary Player and Lost City golf courses. They also go through the neighbouring Letsatsing Game Reserve. Picture: Michel Bega

Cyclist Alex Pavlov has now won the last six races he has entered, and is looking forward to tackling the World Cycling Championships.

Experienced cyclist Alex Pavlov gave his World Cycling Championships preparations a massive boost on Saturday by winning the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa 50km mountain bike race at Sun City.

The 33-year-old, who leaves for the World Championships in Perth next Sunday, powered his way to finish first in a time of 1:45.10. Pieter Seyffert, last year’s winner, finished in second place in a time of 1:47.22, while Henry Uys was third in 1:48.54.

In the women’s race team-mates Kim Le Court, Lisa Olivier and Carla van Huyssteen all crossed the line together in a time of 2:06.00.

“I’m delighted with the win. This is the fourth time I have finished on the podium in a handful of attempts,” said Pavlov on Saturday.

“I have been training hard for the World Championships, and go there in good form. This race suits me perfectly.

“My expectations at the World Champs are much higher than when I competed in Lisbon 13 years ago. It didn’t go so well on my first attempt, but this time I am not going in with closed eyes. I know what to expect and I have put in the necessary training.

Pavlov, who won the 30-34 Vet 24km men’s time trial section at the SA National Road Champs in KwaZulu-Natal in February, is enjoying a rich vein of form after recovering from a back injury in March.

“I have now won my last six races I have entered. Everything seems to be falling in place. I thought I would tackle the World Championships after competing on the winter South African cycling calendar after I hurt my back lifting my garage door earlier this year.”

Seyffert may have grabbed the silver medal but he was happy with the result.

“With 15km to go I had problems with my rear derailleur clutch. I also felt it in the legs towards the end after lengthy racing last weekend,” said Seyffert.

“But Alex is training for World Championships and is super strong. Credit must go to him. Second place is a good result for me,” he said.

In the 25km race Jone van Eeden (1:15.00) and Sheldon Kukard (1:00.00) won their respective races.

The 103km Classic road race, moved to its original route, takes place on Sunday. Pavlov is also taking part in the event, hoping to continue his solid form. The race is an official Premier seeding event for the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

A strategic decision to switch the dates of the road and mountain bike races has cleared the way for the feature road race to return to its original route. The race, which made its debut in 1998, was forced to make use of an alternative course over the past three years to combat the increase in traffic – particularly heavy mining trucks – on the R551 from Thabazimbi.

 

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