MOSSEL BAY SPORT NEWS - Linèl Engelbrecht, one of Curro Mossel Bay's brightest stars in sports, did not take a backseat despite 2020's challenges thus far.
She has won the Curro Virtual Duathlon Challenge and has continued her success in her preferred discipline - cycling.
Linèl's term as brand ambassador and Sponsored rider for Positive Sports Solutions and HEAD Bikes SA has been renewed for the 2021 season. She is also proudly associated with the Curro initiative, Cycle2Ride.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, cyclists had to resort to different training methods, such as training indoors.
Many cyclists across the globe started racing on the Zwift platform. Zwift is a global and immersive, multiplayer online cycling and running physical training program that enables users to interact, train and compete in the virtual world.
One makes use of a smart trainer that is able to adjust its resistance to mimic the inclines of the route chosen.
Linèl participated in several races globally to get the hang of it. In August, Schools Cycling South Africa presented several virtual races as a pilot programme for school cyclists.
She raced in three of the four individual races and excelled by winning the girls' races overall and in her age category.
The races were in road, criterium and individual time trial formats.
She also participated in a special race for Women's Month. Girls were allowed to put together a time trial team, for which they had to name and choose a captain.
During a lucky draw, the teams could secure their own professional rider to form part of their team.
The pro riders were Mariske Strauss, Candice Lill and Sarah Hill.
As a result, team A-Tacx was formed and comprised: Linèl Engelbrecht (team captain); Mariske Strauss (PRO CST PostNL Bafang Mountainbike Racing Team); Madison Mann (Stirling High School, East London); Amber Hindmarch (Cannons Creek Independent School, Cape Town) and Carla Roux (Klerksdorp High School)
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