ANRIETTE Schoeman (Mecer Africa Silks) successfully defended her title in the Daily Dispatch Spar Cycle Tour in East London, outsprinting Allison Hertel (Mecer NMMU) at the finish.
The women started the 100km race with the veterans 40+ category and within the first seven kilometres, the bunch was under huge pressure on the notorious 4km Hemmingway climb.
The Cycle Lab vets took control on the climb, setting a fast pace which caused the bunch to disintegrate into three main groups.
In the end, Schoeman edged Hertel in the final sprint, while Kirsten de Beer (Mecer) managed to outsprint Lauren Coleman to take third place.
Meanwhile, junior Jeandre Pauls (Tasol) caused a stir when he outsprinted the big guns to take a hometown win in the men's event.
Pauls managed to stick with top-class riders such as John-Lee Augustyn (Mecer NMMU), Clinton Barrow (Nuwater) and Conrad Viljoen (Novo or Disk) over the big climbs.
On the last climb, 5km from the finish, Pauls, Danzil Afrika, Augustyn and Viljoen broke away from the leading group. At the end Pauls just managed to outsprint Viljoen, while Augustyn came third, followed by Barrow and Nick Cape.