Drobisch Ecstatic With Greatest Victory

Namibian cyclist Till Drobisch completed the greatest victory of his career when he won the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg on Sunday.

The race is the second biggest mass participation time cycling event in the world (after the Cape Argus Cycle Tour) and once again saw a huge turnout of more than 33 000 cyclists.

The 94,7km race was quite hilly, with some tough climbs and went through the centre of Johannesburg.

Drobisch, who was cycling for the South African MTN Qhubeka team,won the 94km event in two hours 21 minutes 34 seconds, to finish just ahead of South Africa’s Reynard Butler and Herman Fouche.

It was the biggest victory in Drobisch’s career and the 21-year-old cyclist said he was very surprised to win.

“I caught up with the two leaders with 300m to go and I knew the last 200 m were downhill, so I just kept going because I thought maybe I will end up in the top four. I was waiting for everyone to pass me but it didn’t happen and I held them off to the line. It was an amazing feeling.”

Drobisch said the victory meant a lot to him since he had a tough year.

“It means a lot to me to win this race especially after such a difficult year with so many low points. There’s no better way to end the season than with a win, especially a big win like this. It’s also great because it was my last race for the MTN Qhubkeka feeder team as I will join the French Nantes Atlantique team for the 2015 season,” he said.

Drobisch has won previous races in South Africa, including the TRAC U23 Tour and a stage at the Tour de Boland, but the 94.7 Challenge was by far the biggest win of his career.

Drobisch has been one of Namibia’s top cyclists for the past few seasons, winning the Namibian Cycle Classic and the Nedbank Challenge amongst others. He also represented Namibia at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland this year.

Drobisch, who will leave for France early in 2015, said he was excited about the new challenge ahead.

“On the 5th of January I will leave for France and will stay there for the rest of the season. It will be a new experience for me and I’m very excited about it,” he said.

Source : The Namibian