Steyn and Roberts resume rivalry in Africa Cup
By Manfred Seidler
Posted on 12 November 2009
Andrea Steyn (hpc SSMU sponsored athlete) may have had the upper hand over Kate Roberts (BSG/ HPC Team) in the first 4 of the 7-legged BSG/ Energade Sprint Triathlon Series, but it could well be a different story in the Africa Cup on Sunday 15 November.
Roberts has always had the upper hand in the swim, opening as much as 20 seconds over 750m. With the race held over the Olympic distance of 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run, Roberts may just be able to open up a big enough lead to hang on for victory. It has been on the bike that Andrea Steyn has eaten into most of the lead of Roberts and the run has proven to be a tough ask for both.
Roberts will need to make sure that she is far enough ahead of Steyn in the swim to be able to look for a win. Team tactics will not almost certainly play a role on Sunday as the BSG/HPC team of Vicky van der Merwe (BSG/HPC) and Kate Roberts have always been out of the water, either together or very, very close together. They will need to work hard on the bike to make sure that the chasing Andrea Steyn and team-mate Carla Germishuys (also an SSMU sponsored athlete) do not close the gap on them.
If Steyn and Germishuys are able to close the gap on Roberts and van der Merwe, it will come down to the 10km run. So far Steyn has had the upper hand in the run legs of the BSG/Energade Series, but has been pushed virtually everytime.
The junior ladies race promises to be a tough one as well, as Carlyn Fisher (SSMU sponsored athlete), Lauren Dance and Ashleigh Blackwell will carry their rivalry across from the BSG/Energade Sprint Triathlon Series.
The race starts at 10h15am on Sunday 15 November at the Pretoria Power Station in Pretoria West and is compulsory for all elite athletes as this will have an impact on their inclusion in the High Performance Triathlon Squad.