She went on to beat Linda van der Biggelaar (Team Bestmed) and 3rd placed Juanita Venter, respectively.
In the men’s finale, winner Willie Smit (Bonitas) was followed by 2nd placed Meron Mensteb (MTN Qhubeka) and Kevin Patten (MTN Qhubeka).
Over 5000 cyclists descended at Haarties, one of the top tourists destinations in the country to flex their muscles against each other.
“With recognition that our nation enjoys sport and exercise, we opted to support cycling events and teams to show our commitment to the promotion of achieving and maintaining optimal health.
At this year’s Bestment Jakaranda Satellite Classic, which is the oldest classic race in South Africa, some new riders came to participate, following a successful race held last year that boasted over thousand cyclists.
The rapid adoption of cycling shows growth in cyclists and shows that it is becoming more and more appealing as a sport that caters for everyone,” says Bestmed’s Corporate Communications Manager, Sasja la Grange.
Cycling sport in the country is growing at an alarming rate, and as such deserves the recognition its associated with it, thanks to private sector’s such as BestMed, that has taken this unheard sport to the length and breadth of communities.
The cycling race event began at Saloon Route 66 in Hartbeespoort offered riders three route options, the 40km route which is well suited to riders that are new to the cycling scene and the 80km and 106km routes, respectively.
“Bestmed is proud to be associated with this event,” concludes La Grange, whose company spans 49 year’s of rich history as one of the oldest within the medical schemes in SA.
According to Wynand de Villiers, the event organiser, ASG is investing in infrastructure at Route 66 to create a permanent home for the Satellite Classic.
“The new venue means there is only one right turn on the 80km circuit and two on the 106km, which enhances the safety aspect of the event considerably. The new venue is situated on the original circuit, which means the event now doesn’t have to do the link-up to Necsa, which carried a high traffic load,” says the ecstatic de Villiers.
Next year- according to the organisers -the numbers must surpass this year’s entrants.
Bestmed now provides medical benefits to second–generation dependents who have opted to become principal members.
The company is one of the few schemes in South Africa that has succeeded in raising its administration service levels 90% plus and is one of the fastest paying schemes in the industry.
The scheme has ten benefit options that serve the total healthcare market.
Athletes with no medical scheme are encouraged to contact the company to see how best they can arrange tailor-made aid that would suit their pockets.
The race served as official seeding events for the 2013 Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour.