AFRICAN CONTINENTAL CHAMPS, TAIWAN AND AHEAD

While local road racing has had a short break after the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour (and all local spotlight has been on the mountain bikers at the ABSA Cape Epic), some of our South African conti cyclists have been travelling the globe and taking part in events abroad.

TOUR OF TAIWAN

6 riders were selected to represent the South African National Team at the Tour of Taiwan (UCI 2.1), including: Marc Pritzen (Office Guru Racing u23), Gustav Basson (TEG ProCycling), Travis Barrett (Office Guru racing u23), Jan Montshioa (Sampada Cycling), Jason Oosthuizen (TEG ProCycling) and Eddie van Heerden. The 5-stage tour concluded on the 21stof March and saw the Australian Jonathan Clarke (Floyd’s Pro Cycling) claim the overall victory. The top placed South African rider in General Classification was 2019 SA U23 Road Champion, Marc Pritzen who finished in 29thplace. The team managed to rack up 3 top 10 stage placings, with Gustav Basson (TEG ProCycling) finishing in 10thplace on Stage 1 and Stage 5, and Marc Pritzen finishing 7thon Stage 4. We held high hopes for Eddie van Heerden for a top Team South Africa placing but unfortunately, he had to withdraw from the race after crashing on a fast and technical decent, breaking his wrist. Overall, the team put in a solid performance and each rider gained some valuable international racing experience. Unfortunately, looking at the bigger picture to get South Africa to the number 1 ranked road cycling nation in Africa, the team was not able to bring home any valuable UCI points for South Africa.

Tour Of Taiwan

Gustav Basson sprinted to 10th place on stage 1 of Tour Of Taiwan (UCI 2.1). Gustav is currently on national team duty alongside Eddie van Heerden, Jason Oosthuizen, Jan Montshioa, Travis Barrett and Marc Pritzen.Gustav said the team was super as they were able to take control over the race. We look forward to see how the national team progress throughout the next few days. (17-21 March)

Posted by Slipstream Cycling on Sunday, 17 March 2019

 

AFRICAN CONTINENTAL CHAMPS

The South African National Team took part in the African Continental Road Championships in Ethiopia from the 14th– 19thMarch 2019. The following athletes were selected to represent the country at the 2019 Championships:

Elite men

Ryan Gibbons (Team Dimension Data)
Jacques Janse van Rensburg (Team Dimension Data)
Stefan de Bod (Team Dimension Data)
Nicholas Dlamini (Team Dimension Data)
Rohan du Plooy (Team ProTouch Continental)
Jayde Julius (Team ProTouch Continental)

Elite women

Carla Oberholzer (Demacon Max Wax)
Liezel Jordaan (Team Customized)
Zanri Rossouw (Sandton City Cycle Nation)
Joanna van de Winkel (Sandton City Cycle Nation)
Sanet Coetzee (Team Clover)

Junior men

Tiano Da Silva (ProTouch Wanderers Club)
Damon Fouchee (Office Guru Juniors)
Dian Fritz (TEG Racing)

Junior women

Charlissa Schultz

Stefan de Bod won the overall Elite Men’s Individual Time Trial, with Ryan Gibbons rounding off the podium in 3rdplace. In the Road Race, Mekseb Debesay (Eritrea) took the overall title ahead of Algeria’s Azzedine Lagab and Youcef Reguigui. Ryan Gibbons was the top placed South African rider finishing in 4thPlace. Jayde Julius also managed to finish inside the top 10, coming in 8thplace. Although Team South Africa was unable to bring the African Jersey back home, the team was able to rack up 295 UCI Points – a very nice contribution towards South Africa’s UCI African Nation’s Ranking. This puts South Africa in 1stPlace with a total of 2,704 points, followed by Eritrea (1,902) and Algeria (1,257). In terms of UCI World Rankings, South Africa is currently sitting in 22ndplace.

The SA Elite Ladies finished 3rdin the Team Time Trial event and Joanna Van De Winkel finished in an amazing 3rdplace overall in the ladies Road Race. Office Guru Junior’s Damon Fouchee finished in 6thplace in the Junior Men’s Road Race, with Tiano da Silva (Team ProTouch Wanderers Club) in 10thand Dian Fritz (TEG Racing) in 15th.

 

UPCOMING CONTINENTAL RACING CALENDAR

Team ProTouch Continental ProCycling has shared with us their upcoming racing calendar for the next 2 months. The Team has been successful in securing invitations to some exciting events in their first year as a Continental team, which has resulted in the team having to field 2 teams due to various races overlapping. This has resulted in the team signing some additional riders to their squad, offering exciting exposure and opportunity to more talented South African riders. The races they will be taking part in during the next 2 months include:

TOUR OF MOROCCO– UCI 2.2

UCI Africa Tour

10 Stages

Distance: 1591.8 Kilometres

Date: 6th-13thApril 2019

 

TOUR OF LANGKAWI– UCI 2.HC

UCI Asia Tour

8 Stages

Distance: 1322 Kilometres

Date: 5th– 13thApril

 

TOUR OF SENEGAL– UCI 2.2

UCI Africa Tour

Distance: Not Released yet

Date: 22th-29thApril 2019

 

TOUR OF GILA – UCI 2.2

UCI America Tour

5 Stages

Distance: 527 kilometres

Date: 1st– 5thMay

 

TOUR DE LIMPOPO– UCI 2.2

UCI Africa Tour

Distance: Not Released yet

Date: 14th-19thMay 2019

Team selections for each event have not been released as yet for these events. The next few months will be a busy time for these South African Conti riders, with plenty of opportunities for the individual riders, the team and for South Africa to earn some additional UCI points. We wish them all the best for their up and coming races.

 

ROAD CYCLING SERIES

Leaderboards remain unchanged this week as there has been a short break in the busy racing calendar since January. The next events in the Series will be:

 

East Rand Classic – 28 April 2019

aQuellw Tour Durban – 28 April

100 Cycle Challenge (UCI 1.2) – 5thMay

 

That’s a wrap for this week. Keep an eye out for some behind the scenes of Tour of Morocco in the upcoming weeks from myself, Mylo. #Support SA Talent

 

Cheers,

 

 

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