Moolman-Pasio and Impey win South African TT titles

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Daryl Impey win South Africa's elite time trial national championships Thursday.

Two familiar faces graced the top step of the podium at South Africa’s time trial national championships Thursday, with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Daryl Impey winning the women’s and men’s elite titles, respectively.

A national champion in 2015, 2014, and 2013, Moolman-Pasio was not slowed down by a hip fracture suffered in October while racing another time trial.

“It’s awesome to win the title back. I actually haven’t really been on the TT bike after the injury last year, and I just realized how at home I feel on the TT bike. It’s one of the reasons I joined Cervelo – Bigla because of the amazing partners we have and the focus on the TT,” Moolman-Pasio said. She beat Juanita Venter by more than three minutes on the 27.1km course in Wellington. Brittany Peterson was third.

With his sixth national time trial title, Impey set a new record in South Africa, surpassing David George’s record of five national TT championships. The Orica – Scott rider was 1:57 faster than Willie Smit on the 39.8km course. Reinhardt Janse Van Rensburg was third.

“I thought Reinardt [Janse Van Rensburg] would be the second best guy but Willem Smit was obviously also having a very good day, and once I knew I was putting that amount of time into Reinardt I knew I was quite safe,” said Impey. “It’s not normal you put that amount of time into other guys but I had a really good day today and it was a course that really suited me.”