Conrad Viljoen (Mecer-NMMU) showed that his fifth-place in the time-trial at the recent South African cycling championships was no fluke when he claimed his first elite Eastern Province time-trial title near Greenbushes in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

He blitzed the 44-kilometre course in a time of 1 hour 01 minute 37 seconds to get the better of a smallish field. He was followed home by Doug Shadwell and Gavin Raath (Cyclo Pro).

Viljoen’s season was partly derailed two months ago when he fell and broke his collarbone in the road race at the national championships – the day after his fine performance in the time-trial.

However, since his enforced layoff the 24-year-old architectural student has looked sharp and it would seem that the rest did him more good than harm.

Viljoen made his return to racing in the third leg of the recent Jaco Rademeyer Estates criterium series, which he won, following that up with a second in the fourth leg.

He will be hoping to carry his form through to Saturday’s 150-kilometre Carousel Classic in Gauteng. The country’s top professional teams will be lining up for this national classic and a top-ten finish will be an impressive result.

Weslee Todkill (Mecer-NMMU) won the u/23 title and Nicole Allan (Mecer-NMMU) the elite ladies’.

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