It is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through 2017 already. The year started at a frantic pace, with no signs of slowing down. We have seen some amazing performances from our athletes already this year, and looking back at the first five months of the year, it is difficult to find a weekend where our clients weren’t winning, standing on podiums or achieving new personal bests.We know how much work goes into those results and are continually inspired by our clients and their performances.
This past weekend was no exception with two Science to Sport athletes performing unbelievably well on the International stage. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio did not have the best run in to 2017, after fracturing her pelvis in the final race of her 2016 season. The road back to competitive bike racing was certainly not going to be easy for the National Champion, but through patience, and well-executed training, she was soon back to challenging for wins and podiums.
Despite the less than ideal start to her 2017 season, Ashleigh claimed the National title in the individual time-trial at the Cycling South Africa National Championships, and followed that up a few months later, with the prologue win at the Elsy Jacobs in Luxembourg.
This past weekend, Ashleigh took the overall win at the prestigous Emakumeen Bira in the Basque Country. She performed consistently well throughout the 5 stages of the race, never finishing outside of the top 10. However, her victory was earned by a gutsy attack on the final stage, where she managed to stay away from a charging Orica Scott team to take the stage win and the overall honours.
We are so proud of Ashleigh’s hard-work and determination and look forward to many more results during the remainder of the 2017 season.
Alan Hatherly stormed to his best ever result in an u23 World Cup this past weekend. Coming off the back of consecutive victories in the Cycling South Africa National XCO Series, and the recent Elite African Continental Championships, Alan’s 2017 season has got off to a flying start. Alan was seeded 3rd for the race, which gave him the advantage of a front row start. Alan found himself in 10th early on in the race, but paced the remainder of the race perfectly and climbed back to 6th before crossing the finish line. The next World Cup is in Albstadt, Germany this coming weekend and we can’t wait to see what the young South African can do.