Andre Nelson overcame strong winds and other hurdles en route to claiming his first Steak Race victory when the event took place in Port Elizabeth yesterday.
The Walmer Cycling Club rider said he remained focused and “dug pretty deep” during the race, which is regarded as the toughest cycle event in the Friendly City.
Totalling 90km, it starts at the Grass Roof Farm Stall in Seaview Road and takes riders over energy-sapping hills to Van Stadens River Mouth and back.
“I can’t really say I had much enjoyment while racing. The Wall [a steep climb of 800m] was quite a sting in the tail for me as I had a go there and the legs didn’t really respond well, but I calmed myself and recovered.”
Nelson said the field started off “pretty chilled” until the first climb of the day at Theescombe when Archie Zakhe put in an attack and tried to break up the bunch.
“Most of us had to respond. There were about eight to 10 guys when we got to Kragga Kamma Road, which included all the pre-race favourites. By the