TOUR OF GOOD HOPE
The first local UCI Road Cycling Tour starts on Monday 3 March 2019. The Takealot Tour of Good Hope (UCI 2.2) is 5 stages, 490km and 5 218m of climbing. It’s great to see this event finally gaining UCI status, providing the opportunity for South Africa, our athletes and teams to get UCI points. The more UCI points our athletes gain, the closer we are to getting SOUTH AFRICA BACK TO the #1 cycling nation in Africa.
The 5-day stage race is a built up to the Cape Town Cycle Tour which will take place on Sunday 10 March 2019.
15 teams will take to the start-line, with 6 riders in each team. The route is slightly different to previous years – Stage 3 is now a Team Time Trial and to level the playing field, no traditional time trialing equipment may be used. The overall route is slightly ‘flatter’ to previous editions, which means the sprinters will be ‘chomping at the bit’ to make the most of this opportunity to shine.
TOUR DU RWANDA
The ProTouch Continental Team are currently in Central Africa, taking part in their second Tour Du Rwanda. The UCI 2.1 Africa Tour has World Tour Teams like Astana who are dominating the Tour after 5 stages, along with Pro Conti teams such as Direct Energie, Israel Cycling Academy and Team Delko Marseille Provence and, numerous African riders riding for Pro Conti and National Teams.
Rohan Du Plooy (ProTouch Conti) is current in the sSprinters jersey, with 3 stages remaining and according to team captain James Fourie keeping this until the end has become the teams main objective. James commented that the level of racing is much higher than last year, due to the quality of teams at this years event. This can only be good for our local riders to gain much-needed international racing experience. “The opportunity to race against such a quality field is fantastic. I am very proud to be the captain of our team in Rwanda and, would like to see this leadership role grow in the future”, he added.
ROAD CYCLING SERIES
The Support SA Talent Road Cycling Series – which launched in 2018 – has already completed Event 11 (Berg en Dale) and Event 12 (Herald Continental Cycle Tour). The Series, launched to create awareness of local racing and performance over the season, saw a few shifts in the rankings this week in the various categories. Jason Oosthuizen (TEG ProCycling) and Marc Pritzen (Office Guru U23) have moved up in the rankings, following terrific results in some of the recent one-day classics.
We have also added the Vets A and B this year, in these categories we have see the more consistant riders at the top of the leaderboards. Athletes who have achieved high results in provincial champs, National champs and the local classics seem to be the most dominant.
Take a look at the updated leaderboards on the the Support SA Talent website. www.supportsatalent.co.za
Till next time,