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28 Oct, 2015

SA claims rainbow jersey

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Ilna Lemmer races to claim her second Bronze medal at the 2015 UCI Masters Track Cycling Championships. Photo: CSA Track - General Information
Gerrit Schepers raced with a broken rib and injured groin from a crash the day before, but secured a remarkable sixth place in his Men's 500m Time Trial 55-59. Photo: CSA Track - General Information

South Africa secured another world champion’s rainbow jersey earlier this month with Ilna Lemmer winning gold at the 2015 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships at Manchester Velodrome, United Kingdom from 3 to 10 October.

Lemmer (60) secured three medals (a gold medal in the Women’s Points Race 60+ category and two bronze medals in the 2000m Pursuit and Scratch races). She also broke two South African records in her category in the 500m TT and 2000m Pursuit events.

On her success and experience in the United Kingdom, Lemmer said:

“It was really a privilege to been chosen by Cycling SA to go to Worlds. I was in tears when I put the SA skin suit on for the first time. The facilities at Manchester are unbelievable – a heated, humidified, wooden track that’s so smooth. It feels as if you’re flying when you’re on the track as there is almost no resistance. To race against 10 ladies of my own age group from all over the world was an unbelievable experience. I extend a big thanks to my coach, Sheldon Bole, who believed in me and supported me all the way, and he was there next to the track to give advice and encourage me. He also helped most of the other South African participants with their own events.”

Lemmer’s cycling club surprised her at the airport with banners and cheers of support when she arrived home. “All my medals just encourage me to train even harder and to be even more successful next time. Even without track facilities like that in South Africa, we are good enough to complete against the best in the world,” she concluded.

Glen Heuvel competed in the Men’s Team Pursuit in a mixed nations’ team, “Birds of Prey”, where his team claimed the bronze medal in the Men 55-64 category.

In the Men’s 45-49 Scratch Race, Martin van Wyk (45) narrowly missed a podium position by one point, finishing in fourth place. Van Wyk finished in second place in the Brian Cossavella Memorial Scratch Race (Non Championship event), a race that is held in memory of Cossavella, a well-regarded figure in the Masters Track Cycling fraternity in the UK.

Gerrit Schepers (56) managed to secure a remarkable sixth place in his 500m Time Trial despite a crash the previous day, which left him with a broken rib and an injured groin.

The South African participants shone on the track in Manchester, and were well supported by friends and family who kept in touch with the action on social media back home.

Summary of Results – 2015 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships

Women Points (10km) Race 60+
1. Ilna Lemmer (RSA)

Women's (2000m) Pursuit 60+
1. Arja Scarsbrook (FIN)
2. Lynn Rivier (USA)
3. Ilna Lemmer (RSA)

Women’s Scratch Race 60+
1. Arja Scarsbrook (FIN)
2. Brenda Tate (GBR)
3. Ilna Lemmer (RSA)

Men Team Pursuit 55-64
1. MVHF (USA)
2. Still Together (GBR)
3. Birds of Prey (Mixed Nations Team) – with Glen Heuvel (RSA)

Men Points (15km) Race 50-54
1. Gustavo Faris (ARG)
2. Geoffrey Baxter (AUS)
3. Peter Ettles (GBR)
13. Bruce Viljoen (RSA)

Women Points (10km) Race 50+
1. Janni Bormann (DEN)
2. Orla Hendron (IRL)
3. Deborah Coulls (AUS)
9. Ilna Lemmer (RSA)

Men Scratch (10km) Race 45-49
1. Daniel Capser (USA)
2. Matthew Glanville (AUS)
3. Aderito Da Cruz (FRA)
4. Martin van Wyk (RSA)

Men (7500m) Scratch Race 50-54
1. Gustavo Faris (ARG)
2. Geoffrey Baxter (AUS)
3. Michael Rice (GBR)
12. Bruce Viljoen (RSA)

Men (7500m) Scratch Race 55-59
1. Russell Murphy (USA)
2. Grant Tyrell (NZL)
3. Graeme Peadon (AUS)
8. Gerrit Schepers (RSA)
22. Glen Heuvel (RSA)

Men (750m) Time Trial 45-49
1. Chris Murray (AUS)
2. Joseph Santaniello (NOR)
3. James Lawrence (USA)
14. Martin van Wyk (RSA)

Men (500m) Time Trial 50-54
1. Brian Abers (USA)
2. Geoff Stokers (AUS)
3. Thomas Donohue (USA)
23. Bruce Viljoen (RSA)

Men (500m) Time Trial 55-59
1. Gary Mandy (AUS)
2. Steve Cronshaw (GBR)
3. Carlos Daniel Zicavo (ARG)
6. Gerrit Schepers (RSA)
23. Glen Heuvel (RSA)

Women (500m) Time Trial 35-39
1. Madeline Moore (GBR)
2. Jana Hyvarinen (FIN)
3. Louis Haston (GBR)
9. Suzan Bowman (RSA)
10. Adelia Reyneke (RSA)

Women (500m) Time Trial 60+
1. Arja Scarsbrook (FIN)
2. Bonnie Woodbury (USA)
3. Brenda Tate (GBR)
7. Ilna Lemmer (RSA)

Women Pursuit 35-39
1. Madeline Moore (GBR)
2. Louise Hatson (GBR)
3. Niki Kovacs (GBR)
5. Adelia Reyneke (RSA)
7. Suzan Bowman (RSA)

Brian Cossavella Memorial Scratch Race (Non Championship event)
1. Matthew Glanville (AUS)
2. Martin van Wyk (RSA)
3. John McClelland (GBR)

For the full set of results, click here: http://www.cyclingmasters.com/