The 2019 African Road Cycling Championships concluded today with a pair of siblings winning the two road race events. The two highest ranked eligible nations in the men’s road race and the highest ranked eligible nation in the women’s road race each qualify a quota to the Olympics. The African Road Cycling Championship was held in Ethiopia from March 15th to March 19th 2019.
The women’s road race was won by Eritrea’s Mosana Debesay whom improved on her 2018 bronze medal performance in the event. Also medaling in the event were Eyeru Gebru of Ethiopia and South Africa’s Joana van de Winkel whom won the silver and bronze medals respectively.
Completing the double for Eritrea in the men’s road race was Mosana’s brother, Mekseb whom was able to outdo the 2018 African Championship bronze medalist Azzedine Lagab of Algeria and his compatriot Youcef Reguigui whom rounded out the podium.
As a reminder, the Olympic Nation Rankings will have priority over the continental championships so while Algeria and Eritrea may currently hold the qualification quotas, the quotas may eventually be transferred to other nations should they qualify through the rankings. The next continental qualification event in road cycling will be in Asia, expected to be held in April.
Edit: With the publication of the Olympic Nation Rankings the continent quotas have been reallocated, the men’s quotas were won by Namibia and Burkina Faso while the women’s quota was won by Ethiopia.
Women’s Road Race