Chipongo, Wynn win cycling meet

HARARE – Bright Chipongo and Greer Wynn capped a fine Sunday afternoon winning the road cycling nationals in their respective elite men and ladies categories.

The road national championships took place on Shamwa Road, 20km outside Harare and featured a 50km race for both boys and girls, 100km for the elite ladies and masters as well as elite men’s 150km event.

This was the last national event before a mid season break — activities will be suspended this month and resume in August.

Chipongo, a rider from Fit Freaks took the first position in the elite men with a time of 4:04:08 to complete a double inside four days after having won the national time series race last Wednesday inside 57:02.

Flying Eagles’ rider Nkulumo Dube finished second in 4:04:46 while Kevin Smith of Dark Force completed the top three in 4:04:47.

Fit Freaks again reigned supreme in the elite ladies category where Wynn completed her race in 2:49:49 while Linda Davidson of Addicts and Bella Wlosowicz (Fit Freaks) occupied second and third place respectively.

The masters’ race saw Fit Freaks’ pair of Markus Vogt and Jimmy Jaynes taking first and second place ahead of Lloyd Govindan of Dark Force.

As has become the norm in the juniors’ category, national triathletes took the top three girls’ positions while their boys’ counterparts settled for second and third places.

Helen Mitchell and Skye Davidson both from Hellenic School teamed for gold and silver respectively against fellow triathlete Karishma Patel of Chisipite School, who finished in third place.

St Jonh’s College locked out the podium after Jake Greenway, Luke Collins and Chad Scallan finished the race in the top three.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Road Cycling Association (ZRCA) president, David Martin was happy with how the season unfolded.

”It was a good season considering that people didn’t expect that they will be more races. It was difficult to get the general populace but the numbers started to pick as the season progressed,” Martin told the Daily News yesterday.

“This time we are hoping to get sponsorship and funding. There was a bit of apathy in this regard and in the end I had to cater for most of the things.

“But going forward we need to serious look into that area so that we will be able to offer meaningful rewards to our top performers.”

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