A determined Bestmed-Shukuma Madibaz cycling team held many of the larger squads at bay to take the silver medal in the team classification at the University Sport South Africa competition in Stellenbosch last week.
The Western Cape institutions dominated the national student championship, with hosts Maties claiming the overall victory and the University of Cape Town rounding out the podium.
Madibaz team captain Marinus Prinsloo and teammate Christian van Aardt did NMMU proud with their selection to the national squad for the world student games.
Despite being the 2014 titleholders, the NMMU riders were at a numerical disadvantage from the start of the three-day road tour.
“We went into the tour as defending champions and never would have thought that we would get the results we did with only four riders compared to the other universities who had up to seven,” said Prinsloo, whose young team also included Matthew Hayter, Van Aardt and Shane Kemp.
“Our goal was to try and podium but we knew it would be a tall order as we were racing teams double our size and with much more racing experience,” he said.
Prinsloo said both Maties and UCT had fielded
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