Anriëtte Schoeman

The odds were stacked against Anriëtte Schoeman at this year’s Pick n Pay Cape Argus race. A disastrous race last year followed by a bad patch had affected her mentally. Written off as a serious contender by many because she’s 35, she never considered she might win, but found herself racing to her seventh Argus title. “It was so unexpected, it felt like I’ve been given something special,” she says of the race. Schoeman has been the Elite National Road Champion eight times and has won the Pick n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge five times. It’s not surprising, then, that she’s been named South African Cyclist of the Year on three occasions. And she isn’t ready to give up just yet. “I am slowly converting to mountain biking, but my main focus and passion is still on the road. I think I will know when I have had enough.” — Fatima Asmal