The trio of young women cyclists Helen Mitchell and Skye Davidson who recently finished A level at Hellenic Academy and Stacey Hyslop who finished at Peterhouse Girls in November, have been making an impressive mark for Zimbabwe in the South African cycling circuit this month. The three have all recently entered the women’s elite category where they have all qualified to represent Zimbabwe in the African Continental Championships in Morocco at the end of February.
On Saturday, 6 February 2016, the three young women cyclists competed in the hilly Berg and Dale 102 km race in South Africa where Mitchell finished 12th, Davidson 16th and Hyslop 23rd. The previous weekend they competed in the Fast One 96 km competition also in South Africa. Out of a pelaton of 63 racers, Mitchell finished 17th, Davidson 19th and Hyslop 22nd.
Davidson and Hyslop have been spending a month at South Africa’s Cycling High Performance Center in Potchefstroom where they will compete this upcoming weekend in the 102km Dischem Ride for Site challenge. Mitchell, who has been training at home, returns to Zimbabwe to compete in the three stage Masters Ladies and Veterans Race this weekend (12-14 February 2016) which includes a 9km time trial on Friday followed by 80km and 70km road races on Saturday and Sunday.
All three of these female rising cycling stars have applied for sports scholarships to study as student athletes in the United States. Hyslop will be attending Lees-McRae College in North Carolina.