Nineteen-year-old Wesley Augustyn (Mecer NMMU) punched above his age to win the second leg of the Jaco Rademeyer Criterium Series at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Sunday.
The victory cemented his overall lead in the points standings, which he took after scoring well in the hotspots and finishing runner-up in the opening leg.
Augustyn crossed the line in the company of Cycle Lab’s Kevin Dorfling (31), who was second, and Friendly City Cycling Club’s Raynard Tissink (34).
The trio broke clear of the field on the fourth of 21 laps to finish two minutes and 15 seconds ahead after 63 kilometres of racing on an extremely technical course.
Augustyn accumulated important points by winning two of the three hotspots – the third going to Dorfling.
“The conditions were near perfect, except for a headwind on the back straight that really tested our stamina,” Augustyn said after the race.
Tissink, who will soon be jetting off to Germany, was instrumental in the success of the break. “He (Tissink) is tremendously strong and I would not have been able to win if it weren’t for him,” said Augustyn, younger brother of Barloworld professional John-Lee.
Augustyn said he felt confident for the rest of the series and he should be a good bet for the overall title. “I can feel that I am getting fitter and stronger every day.”
Tissink and Dorfling are second and third respectively in the overall standings.
The series boasts R8 000 in prize money with R1 200 going to the overall winner. The third leg takes place on July 13.
For more information, contact Garth Botha from Action Cycles on 041 581 6499 or Theresa le Roux from the NMMU Cycling Club on 082 773 9892.
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