Hello cycling world.
It’s been a little while since our last post, and there has been a fair amount of racing for all our SA athletes. Rohan Du Plooy from Team ProTouch Continental returned with the Sprinters Jersey from the 2019 Tour du Rwanda, South Africa has hosted its first of two 2019 UCI 2.2 events (Tour Of Good Hope) and we recently have just completed Event 14 in the Road Cycling Series – the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour.
TOUR OF GOOD HOPE
Recently-crowned U23 SA Road Champ, Mark Pritzen (Team OfficeGuru Racing u23), brought home the overall GC win at this year’s event. Team OfficeGuru have been very dominant in the first part of this year – possibly a reflection of good leadership in the team, or perhaps just an overall good moral amongst the riders? Whatever it is, it’s great to see a small tight knit unit of under 23 athletes, lead by Elite rider, Dylan Girdlestone, succeeding to the level they are and currently ranked the best SA team in the Road Cycling Series. Marc Pritzen now also leads the overall Men’s u23 / Elite Series, Best Tour Rider as well as Best Young Rider.
CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR
This past Sunday saw New Zealand mountain biker Sam Gaze (Investec-Songo-Specialized) outsprinting a small select group of Elite Men to overall victory at the Cape Town Cycle Town. The wind played a massive role in splitting up the race early on, combined with a few unfortunate crashes which saw some potential race winners torn out of contention. Byron Munton (Team Alfa Bodyworks Giant), the current u23 Time Trial Champion, finished in 8thplace and was up front right to the end. He shared with us his race day stats and at a very light weight of 60kgs his normalized power was 326 watts. Some quick basic math calculations tells us he pushed 5.4 watts per kilo(gram or meter?)for over 2 and a half hours. That’s some serious power and shows why only 10 riders came to the line in the final sprint, leaving the peloton chasing.
A shout out to Enza Construction, a company that has come on board as the title sponsor of the 3-man Team DNS Sports, comprising of ex-Team BCX riders Nolan Hoffman, David Maree and Steven van Heerden. With all 3 riders being part of the Best Team in last year’s Road Cycling Series, it’s great to see sponsors investing in these talented athletes
AFRICAN CONTINENTAL ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS
After being post-poned from earlier this year, the 2019 CAC African Continental Road Championships takes place this weekend in Ethiopia, 14th– 19thMarch 2019.
The following squad has been selected and will be representing Team South Africa:
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)
4 x Team Dimension-Data World Tour riders joining forces with 2 x ProTouch Continental riders in order to try bring home the African Jersey and some valuable UCI points.
Carla Oberholzer (Demacon Max Wax)
Liezel Jordaan (Team Customized)
Zanri Rossouw (Cycle Nation)
Joanna van de Winkel(Cycle Nation)
Sanet Coetzee (Team Clover)
Tiano Da Silva (ProTouch Wanderers Club)
Damon Fouchee (OfficeGuru Juniors)
Dian Fritz (TEG Racing)
Good luck to all the South African athletes taking part in the event. Bring home those UCI points and African Champ titles.
ROAD CYCLING SERIES
The updated 2019 Leaderboards are available on the Support SA Talent website. After much discussion and input from the Road Cycling Series Community, Road Cycling Series Points for SA Provincial and National Championships have been amended to account for the split age groups in the Vets A and B Categories. These changes will be reflected in the Leaderboards latest Leaderboards, post Event 14 Results.
Thank you to all who have provided feedback and input in this regard – we appreciate the passion for the sport and endeavour to provide the most accurate reflection of SA Talent. #SupportSATalent
Till next time,