Following her successful recent performance at the Cape Epic with Amy McDougall where they became the first African Women’s trophy holders, Team dormakaba rider Candice Lill has left the team she joined as a 23-year-old in 2016.
Candice has had a brilliant stint with Team dormakaba and counts wins at the Sani2c, 3 Towers, and Berg&Bush as some of the highlights.
“There are so many valuable and lasting memories that I will take with me. The growth I have seen in myself has been incredible – both physically on the bike and personally through the ups and downs of racing. I cannot thank dormakaba and Shaun Frayne (the MD of dormakaba South Africa) enough for the support they have given me and for providing a space to grow and mature into the person I am today.”
Candice has been instrumental in the growth of Team dormakaba over the past two years.
“In my first year, I competed in individual races and racked up some decent results. But it was only after the team brought Vera Adrian on board [in 2017] that I was able to push myself to the next level. We competed together in all the stage races and I think this was where Shaun started getting excited about the team aspect of [stage] racing,” says Candice.
This year, Team dormakaba has signed an additional women’s team to build on the foundation that Candice and Vera have lain.
“It is so wonderful to see a sponsor such as dormakaba getting involved in developing and growing women’s cycling. This makes me truly excited for what the future holds for the sport in South Africa,” she says.
Candice says the friendships she was able to form, the beautiful places she travelled to and raced through, and the endless laughs at team events will be with her forever.
“I will also always remember how much Shaun believed in me, even when I was not having the best results. It means so much to me as an athlete.”
While sad that she is leaving, Shaun Frayne, MD of dormakaba South Africa, believes the foundation Candice has helped establish will help drive the team forward.
“Candice has matured immensely as a cyclist and we are proud of the work she has done as part of the team. We thank her for all her hard work and commitment to helping ensure that women’s cycling is taken to new heights in South Africa,” says Frayne.
Candice has set her sights on racing overseas.
“I feel the time has come where I need to get out of my comfort zone of racing here in SA and challenge myself a bit more internationally. Team dormakaba has equipped me for the challenges ahead and has been an amazing stepping stone in my journey. I look back at my time with them with a grateful heart and a huge smile and I look to the future with anticipation and excitement for what lies ahead.”