By Mark Etheridge
All Africa Games individual women’s time trial champion Lise Olivier has brought her fine form back with her from Mozambique and had an impressive win in the Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge in Durban at the weekend.
Pretoria based Olivier had a victory margin of more than four minutes after making her move 20 kilometres into the race. Among those in her wake was top road racer Cherise Taylor.
“A win is always nice,” Olivier told Road to London 2012 on Thursday. “And to beat a classy rider like Cherise doesn’t hurt either.”
Taylor was the only member of Team SA’s squad at the recent UCI road world championships in Copenhagen, Denmark who was in action in the Durban event. “I’m really looking forward to race against the other three over the coming weeks,” said 28-year-old Olivier.
Outlining her plans for the rest of the year, Olivier is already looking into 2012. “Next year I’ll be spending almost six months in Europe which is a rally exciting new development and I can’t wait to gain some more international racing experience.”
That certainly seems the way to go and fellow South African Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio’s racing has come on in leaps and bounds since spending time on the European racing circuit.
Looking at the the remainder of the year and the MTN Qhubeka rider will be in action in at least four of them. “The big ones include the Amashova Durban Classic, BESTmed Jacaranda Satellite, MTN OFM Classic and then very importantly the Momentum 94.7 which everybody would love to win.
“Of these races the BESTmed Jacaranda Satellite Classic will probably suit me the best because of the climb over Hekpoort.
“Our team is racing really well as a unit so we are hoping for some good results at all of these races. I would also love to go to African Continental Champs in Eritrea but the team has not yet been decided so I will have to wait and see what happens with that one. Meanwhile I’m trying to do as well as possible at every race opportunity locally to boost my chances.”