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  1. Hi Guys, So we have the chance to do the CT Cycle Tour for the first time - we have done many 94.7's. We have friends of friends who can't ride and have given up their entries for us. They have gone through the withdrawal process and nominated us to take their place. We emailed Cycle Tour who told us they would create a 'substitution entry' for us, and gave us a link to click on. I go through the process but get to tab 3. Substitution where it wants the email and password of the guy I'm replacing. I've emailed them again but haven't got a reply in over a week now, and when I call, I get the message: 'all our agents are currently busy' - for hours at a time till the call times out. Has anyone else had issues with substitutions or have an alternate contact that can help us?
  2. There is absolutely no need for FOMO – why not join the Cape Town Cycle Tour to celebrate the traditional cycling month of March by entering the official Virtual Cape Town Cycle Tour, presented by Powerade and Wesgro, or the Cape Town Cycle Tour 109-for-109 Charity Challenge. Organisers of the Cape Town Cycle Tour announced, on 4 February, that despite the postponement of the March 2021 event, due to Covid restrictions, organisers would be offering two new initiatives - the Virtual Cape Town Cycle Tour via the online platform FulGaz Virtual Cycling, and the Cape Town Cycle Tour 109-for-109 Charity Challenge. Both events will focus around the traditional 109km of the Cape Town Cycle Tour and registered riders stand to win thousands of Rands in prizes from Garmin, Tacx, Powerade, Thule and Oakley, while also receiving acknowledgement for their efforts with a virtual medal and virtual certificate of completion and a listing on the event website. Would-be Cape Town Cycle Tour riders can to take part in the 109-for-109 Charity Challenge, which encourages you to complete at least one 109km ride in the month of March. Photo by Karin Schermbrucker. Cycling enthusiasts are reminded that the Cape Town Cycle Tour normally generates funds for its two beneficiaries, PPA (the Pedal Power Association) and the Rotary Club of Claremont. They in turn support a multitude of worthy charitable causes and cycling related initiatives. Together we can all make a difference! To be part of the action use the hashtag #cycletour109 on all your social media posts to stand a chance of winning weekly prizes. Challenge No 1: The Cape Town Cycle Tour 109-for-109 Charity ChallengeTo take part simply enter online from Monday, 8 February at www.capetowncycletour.com and ride 109km or more during the month of March ANYWHERE ANYTIME. We will use Strava to verify all qualifying rides completed. Each participant will get a virtual medal on completion of the challenge, while also and perhaps most importantly, helping raise funds for the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. You can get creative and set up fun ways to complete the distance… Like the most elevation in 109km, anyone? Or the greatest number of 109km rides in the month of March? Or simply set yourself the goal of riding the race distance. Entry donations for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 109-for-109 Charity Challenge cost R109. Be part of the fun and help us to track your antics by using the hashtag #cycletour109 on your social media. Challenge No 2: The Cape Town Cycle Tour 109-for-109 Charity Challenge Ride the Cape Town Cycle Tour’s 109km route on Fulgaz.com, a platform which features over 2 000 hours of high-quality, realistic, 4K content. Photo by Karin Schermbrucker. The Virtual Cape Town Cycle Tour, will utilize the FulGaz Virtual Cycling platform, and will take place between March 8-14. The race will be divided into three stages to make up the traditional 109km route. Filmed on the actual route from a bicycle it is the ideal way to experience the beauty of the Cape Peninsula from the comfort of your own home!Riders can complete each stage as many times as they wish, at any time within the race window and leaderboards will be regularly updated. Entry donations for the event start at R200 and include a free one-month subscription to the brilliant FulGaz Virtual Cycling (Fulgaz.com) virtual platform. Riders can enter from anywhere in the world – and also have the option to donate a little more than the minimum entry donation. Entries for this virtual challenge open on 15 February at www.capetowncycletour.com. “While the pandemic continues to affect the lives of so many, we believe that staying healthy, having a goal and challenging yourself safely is more critical than ever,” said Cape Town Cycle Tour director, David Bellairs. “Both our Virtual event and the Charity Challenge offer an opportunity to stay motivated while also raising money for the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. It’s time to pay it forward!” For more information, please visit www.capetowncycletour.com.
  3. As always, the safety of all participants and the well-being of the broader community of Cape Town remains the race organisers’ most important priority in the planning and staging of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. With this in mind, the team at the Cape Town Cycle Tour has been closely monitoring the ongoing developments around the ‘second wave’ of the Covid-19 pandemic. For several months they have been working hand-in-hand with the authorities and stakeholders around the possibility of hosting a significantly revised version of the Cape Town Cycle Tour in March 2021. Sadly, current circumstances make the hosting of a mass participation event in any format untenable for the immediate future. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock. The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust has thus taken the decision to postpone the hosting of the 2021 edition of the event to a later date in the year. The organisers will continue to explore all available options and opportunities that remain open, in terms of hosting a safe and memorable Cape Town Cycle Tour. Cyclists are encouraged to follow the Cape Town Cycle Tour’s social media channels as the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust is looking forward to announcing some exciting news in the next few weeks. Like the race’s Facebook page, Cape Town Cycle Tour, and follow @CTCycleTour on Twitter as well as @ctcycletour on Instagram for regular updates. Keep cycling, remember to observe all Covid-19 Protocols and be safe. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock.
  4. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock. Willeit, who admitted to not having had the ideal build-up and even suffering from a stomach issue earlier this week, survived early attacks from British triathlete Emma Palant to narrowly outsprint Frances Janse van Rensburg from a lead group of 12 riders that broke away up the infamous Suikerbossie climb. Willeit finished the 78km women’s elite route in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 48 seconds. “Every win at the Cycle Tour is special but this was a tough one. My legs were cramping during the sprint. It was a long sprint into a headwind and I must have kicked five times in the final 500m,” Willeit beamed. The women’s race was characterised by early attacks and surges that started with Palant. The British rider attacked within 2km of the start and was only reeled in by the group at the top of the Smitswinkel climb. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock. As the race turned towards Chapman’s Peak, Palant was part of another breakaway of three that included Yolandi du Toit (Garmin) and Melissa Kretzinger (Customised Cycling Bioplus). But all, except Palant, were pulled back by the bunch up the famous climb before it came together in Hout Bay. Up the crucial Suikerbossie climb Willeit, Catherine Colyn and Kretzinger attacked and dragged a group of six over the top. Over the final 15km the lead group swelled to 12 but Willeit proved her class in the final 100m. Janse van Rensburg finished second and former trail runner, Hayley Preen, was third. Willeit has won the second most titles among the women at the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Anriette Schoeman has won the event seven times and finished in the chasing bunch. Photo credit: Tobias Ginsberg. In the men’s race, in-form Barrett upset some of the big sprint favourites to nudge out former winner Clint Hendricks (Enza) by the width of a tyre to finish in 2:30.04 for the 109km. The two were part of a lead group of 15 that broke away up Chapman’s Peak and held their lead over the second bunch to the finish. Local Capetonian Jayde Julius (ProTouch) grabbed third. Photo credit: Tobias Ginsberg. Photo credit: Tobias Ginsberg. “It was a very long sprint and I could sense Clint coming up beside me. But I held on.” Barrett said. “I still can’t believe it. Winning the Cycle Tour is what every rider dreams of.” Barrett has been in superb form of late with wins on the Gauteng circuit and during the recent Tour of Good Hope and is rapidly becoming one of South Africa’s brightest young stars. Photo credit: Tobias Ginsberg. Top 5 ResultsMen (109km) Travis Barrett (officeguru) 02:30:04 Clint Hendricks (Enza) 02:30:04 Jayde Julius (ProTouch) 02:30:04 Louis Visser (Individual.) 02:30:04 Jaco Venter (Alfa Bodyworks Giant) 02:30:04 Women (78km) Cherise Willeit (Customized Cycling Bioplus) 02:07:48 Frances Janse van Rensburg (Individual.) 02:07:48 Hayley Preen (Individual.) 02:07:48 Vera Adrian (Individual.) 02:07:48 Candice Lill (Ind.) 02:07:48
  5. When the morning’s first “Hoopla” rings out, at 06h15, Nolan Hoffman will be the rider most eyes will be fixed upon. The three-time champion was outsprinted by New Zealand’s Sam Gaze in 2019 and is focused on regaining the title he last won in 2018 this year. He will start the 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour with the confidence of a victory fresh in his mind, having sprinted to stage honours on Stage 3 of the Tour of Good Hope; just days before his biggest goal of the season. The current weather prediction, of moderate temperatures and a gentle south-easterly breeze should suit the Enza rider. Hoffman has consistently proven himself to be among South Africa’s fastest finishers, but in years when the wind has helped shred the elite men’s field the big man has struggled. To be in contention for victory Hoffman will have to rely on his Enza team to keep the peloton together to the foot of Suikerbossie. If he can summit the final climb in the lead group Hoffman will be the favourite to out-sprint his rivals on Helen Suzman Boulevard, in the shadow of the Cape Town Stadium. If the Cape Town Cycle Tour does come down to a sprint finish Jayde Julius could be Hoffman’s greatest threat. The ProTouch rider placed third, in the road race, at the 2020 South African Championships, behind WorldTour stars Ryan Gibbons and Daryl Impey. The Enza team have another card they could play however, in the form of Commonwealth Games bronze medallist; Clint Hendricks. In 2016 he is nominally a support rider for Hoffman, but the roads of the Mother City will determine who will earn the right to sprint for victory; if it comes down to a sprint. It is in the interest of the Office Guru and Alfabody Works Giant teams to ensure it does not. Dylan Girdlestone and the powerful U23 rider, Jean-Pierre Lloyd, will look to break the race up and exploit their skills as a climber and puncheur, respectively. They could be aided in this by the former WorldTour racers Jaco Venter and Jacques Janse van Rensberg. The pair who have formed their own team for 2020 will be representing the Alfabody Works Giant squad at the Cape Town Cycle Tour. At the time of writing, Venter was leading the Tour of Good Hope’s general classification, after victory in the individual time trial, on Tuesday. He is thus in the form which could see him launch a long-range attack. Other riders too look out for are Specialized’s Craig Boyes, who is no stranger to a long-range breakaway at the Cape Town Cycle Tour, and Namibian road champion, Dan Craven. Christoph Sauser and Karl Platt will once again be using the race to warm-up for the Cape Epic, which starts the following weekend. The veteran pair may no longer be threats to the overall title, but they will no doubt still look to animate the racing. As will Oliver Munnik. The former elite rider renews his racing licence for the sole purpose of taking part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour annually. Expect to see him make a drive for the front of the peloton as the race passes through Kalk Bay. Years of experience have taught Munnik to time his attack to perfection; ensuring he gets a great photo, along with a mention on the live broadcast. Cycling fans can watch the race live on the Cape Town Cycle Tour’s Facebook page, Cape Town Cycle Tour, or on the race’s website: www.capetowncycletour.com. The live broadcast will start at 06h00 and conclude at 15h00 on Sunday, 8 March. The men’s and women’s races will also feature live updates on the event’s Twitter handle: @CTCycleTour. While highlights from riders’ experiences can be found on Instagram, @ctcycletour, or by following the hashtag: #ctcycletour2020.
  6. One rider who has done just that is Cherise Willeit. The defending women’s champion starts the 2020 race as the favourite and could well add to her four Cape Town Cycle Tour titles on Sunday, 8 March. “My build-up to this year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour has not gone as well as I had hoped it would” Willeit said, downplaying her chances. “I moved to Germany in May last year and that has taken it’s a toll on me mentally. The European winter is not my favourite thing! I struggled to find the motivation to train when it was minus five, snowing and raining. I ride because I enjoy it and riding in that weather simply wasn’t fun for me.” Now back in sunny South Africa, the Customized Cycling Bioplus rider has notched up her first podium place of the season, in the Dischem Ride for Sight. “Being back in South Africa, for the last few weeks, has been absolutely amazing. I’ve rediscovered the passion for riding my bike and I’ve loved the racing I’ve done so far too. Customized Cycling Bioplus has certainly helped me reignite my passion for cycling in general and women’s cycling in particular. And with that I must say hats off to the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust for giving us our own race. A lot of people think that because it’s a shorter race it’s easier. But it’s the complete opposite. Starting in Fish Hoek we have 78 kilometers to race and the women make sure every kilometre counts. It is super-fast. Super aggressive. And very tactical from the gun. The mountain bikers, [including Candice Lill, Barbra Benko, and Ariane Lüthi], and the climbers, like Catherine Colyn and Vera Adrian, want to have a small group towards the finish. So, they are going to make sure that it’s very hard and as few sprinters get to the finish line as possible.” “While a victory would be great” Willeit admitted, “I really want to see women’s cycling win. I want to get to the finish line knowing I’ve given my all no matter what the outcome may be. I’m really excited to see so many youngsters coming up. Riders like Frances Janse van Rensburg, Tiffany Keep and Hayley Preen, the 2020 Herald Cycle Tour winner, are just so strong. There are so many youngsters who could win the Cape Town Cycle Tour this year. But there are also experienced riders like Kim Le Court De Billot [the 2018 champion] who is really focused on the CTCT. I’m really expecting big things from her.” The elite women’s race starts at 06h00, in Fish Hoek. Their route follows the same final 78 kilometres as the rest of the field. It features ascents of Smitswinkel, Chapman’s Peak and Suikerbossie. In 2019 a select group of six riders escaped off the front on Suikerbossie, with 15.4 kilometres left to race, but could not stay away as they started to jockey for position in the run-in to Green Point. That set-up a reduced bunch sprint which Willeit won with ease. For the women looking to upset the queen of South African sprinting the key will be to ensure the pace is relentless throughout the final kilometres in 2020. Cycling fans can watch the race live on the Cape Town Cycle Tour’s Facebook page, Cape Town Cycle Tour, or on the race’s website: www.capetowncycletour.com. The live broadcast will start at 06h00 and conclude at 15h00 on Sunday, 8 March. The men’s and women’s races will also feature live updates on the event’s Twitter handle: @CTCycleTour. While highlights from riders’ experiences can be found on Instagram, @ctcycletour, or by following the hashtag: #ctcycletour2020.
  7. Off-road racing at its very best, the MTB Challenge hits the Cape Winelands on Saturday, 29 February 2020, offering 15km, 30km and 60km options for all fitness and skill levels. The event has been running alongside the Cape Town Cycle Tour for what will be 20 years in 2020 formerly known as the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge. In September 2019 the event was handed over to the Pedal Power Association to organise. The decision was made to take the event back to its original roots, where it all began , returning to the beautiful routes at the Banhoek Conservancy, where the event was held in 2013. The venue is will be Old Bethlehem Farm situated in Kylemore, Stellenbosch. This fun ride is aimed at all ages, shapes, sizes, fitness levels and income groups. The event is open to PPA members as well as non-members and targets both existing cyclists and newcomers to the sport, the average participant and newcomer, as well as elite sportswoman. E-Bikes are welcome to join. In addition to the three routes on offer, we will be bringing in the Bike4All mobile BMX track for the little ones to enjoy. Bike4All has a simple, yet effective motto: PUTTING MORE PEOPLE ONTO BICYCLES. Our info tent will be able to answer any last-minute questions or to purchase replacement MTB boards. A bikeshop will be placed at the start to assist with minor bike adjustments, selling any last-minute spares you might need. Seattle Coffee will be onsite for your caffeine fix with a variety of stalls which include pancakes, food, wine, beer, cooldrinks, biltong, massages, Influence Clothing, ice cream and lots more! There will be a bike park to ensure more room around the venue, we have introduced the Bike park where you will need to put your bike after you have finished the race. Then you can sit back, relax and enjoy all that the venue has to offer! Kids entertainment will allow the kids to have a fun time whilst mom and dad entry the live entertainment on offer. Bike4All will be bringing in a Bike4All mobile BMX track marking out an easy and fun 500m and 1km route for the little ones to enjoy. Included in your entry fee will be timing by RaceTec, a finishers medal as well as the beautiful on route experience, fully stocked waterpoints, post-race entertainment, lucky draw as well as goodies at registration. Pricing varies from R70 to R350 depending on PPA membership and distance. The 15km and 30km route option is family orientated with 236m and 466m total elevation respectively. The challenge of the day lies in the 60km route, with an actual distance of 59km with 1886m total elevation. Don’t forget to buy your exclusive event merchandise online. There will be no items on the day to purchase. Only pre- ordered items, so don’t miss out. The following items are available; t-shirt, arm warmers, socks and beanies. Prize money will be awarded to all distance winners in 2020, with men and women receiving an equal amount. Up to R30 000 can be won.
  8. Next year, 8 March will be the day when Cape Town invites its residents and visitors to don their Lycra and/or crazy costumes and pedal through some of the most glorious scenery found anywhere in the world – or cheer on those who do. “There are a few things that set the Cape Town Cycle Tour apart,” says David Bellairs, a Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. “The route is incredible – where else can you ride 109km of breath-taking scenery, laughing and enjoying Instagrammable moments and the camaraderie of 34 999 like-minded individuals? It’s a challenge, but one that is achievable even by those who only dust their bikes off once a year. “Then there’s the welcome that the city provides. People go out of their way to line the route. They dress up, they shout, they clap and cheer on the riders as they pedal by. And don’t forget the 100s of volunteers who look forward to being part of the Cycle Tour every year. The sense of celebration and community on the day is hard to describe and must be experienced! “Participants get to be part of this amazing ‘gees’ all the while knowing that the proceeds go to charity. This is truly an event that transforms the everyday into an experience of heroic proportions. No wonder the Cape Town Cycle Tour has held a special place in South Africans’ hearts for more than 40 years!” Over the past 5 years alone, more than R45 million has been distributed to social upliftment and cycling development programmes in and around the Western Cape by beneficiaries, the Pedal Power Association and the Rotary Club of Claremont. Taking part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour is one of the easiest ways to support a worthy cause whilst experiencing a once-a-year opportunity to own the traffic-free road around the Cape Peninsula. The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust is excited to announce that e-bikes will be welcomed for the first time this coming year, subject to specific conditions to entry. However, hosting a short course in addition to the traditional 109km route is proving extremely complex. The team at Cape Town Cycle Tour, together with key stakeholders including the City of Cape Town, has invested considerable time and effort in planning for two world-class events within the City and surrounds. Safety, experience and quality of the event cannot be compromised, and disruption and inconvenience to the residents of the City of Cape Town must be minimised. This process can’t be rushed and with the entry date upon us, the decision has been taken to postpone the short route option until 2021 to allow for further planning and judicious preparation. “We know that there will be some disappointment around this decision – we’re disappointed too,” says Bellairs. “But as always, the safety of participants comes first. We hope to have good news next year regarding the short course for 2021. All stakesholders will continue working to make this possible.” Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020 entry dates and fees below: PPA and loyal supporters Entries open: Tuesday, 8 October @ 1pm PPA entry fee: R470 Loyal supporters (9+ tours): R550General Entries Entries open: Monday, 21 October @ 1pm General entry fee: R550 Charity Applications opened Wednesday, 2 October – Friday, 11 October 2019 Charity entry fee: R860 Keep up to date with Cape Town Cycle Tour developments by liking our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/cycletour or by following us on Twitter at @CTCycleTour or on Instagram @ctcycletour. For any event queries, or assistance with entries, please contact the Cycle Tour Events Office during office hours on 087 820 7223 or visit www.capetowncycletour.com.
  9. “We are extremely excited to be working in partnership with the City on this innovation,” said David Bellairs, director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. “Cape Town was voted as the World’s Leading Festival and Event Destination in 2018 at the World Travel Awards and the Cape Town Cycle Tour has largely contributed towards that reputation. Year after year, we attract 35 000 riders, from elite racers to novices, fitness enthusiasts, locals and internationals to those that want to tick this iconic event off their bucket-list. “At the same time we realise that the 109km route may be a bit daunting for novices or the not-so-fit. We want to be completely inclusive; we want to encourage the youth to come and have a fun, crazy costume ride with us and to get armchair athletes onto bicycles to also enjoy the camaraderie of this incredible event.” “A shorter course, in addition to the full traditional route is the perfect solution. We will release more details as we confirm them, but the thinking is that the short route will be held on the Saturday, followed by the 109km route on the Sunday,” Bellairs concluded. Interestingly, exactly four years and three months ago, 35 000 participants lined up to ride a vastly shortened version of the beloved Cape Town Cycle Tour in solidarity and support for those affected by the tragic fires burning on the mountains around Cape Town in March 2015. The route then was a 47km circular route from the start to the end of the M3 and back the same way to the finish in Green Point. Stay in touch with the latest developments of the Cape Town Cycle Tour by following on Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/cycletour, on Instagram @ctcycletour and on Twitter @CycleTour.
  10. Hi all. Were can I find info on training, entry dates, the route etc on the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
  11. New Zealander Sam Gaze completed the double for Investec-Songo-Specialized by timing his sprint in the men’s race to perfection. Gaze denied Jason Oosthuizen (TEG Pro Racing) and Clint Hendricks (Pro Touch Continental) on the line, in a time of 02:39:42. Women's Race After a successful experiment in 2018, the elite and u23 women once again had their own start in Fish Hoek and Willeit crossed the line in a time of 02:16:11, after their 78-kilometre race. “I absolutely cannot believe it,” an elated Willeit commented shortly after the finish. “It’s just such a special victory for me today, in front of my husband and kids,” she said. A strong southeasterly wind made for highly tactical racing from early on and the mountain bikers took the fight to the more favoured road teams of Sandton City/Cycle Nation and Demacon MaxWax Racing. “Dormakaba and Summit Fin went hard right from the start,” Willeit said, explaining how a group of around 30, made up of a mix of mountain bikers and the main road teams, managed to get away at Smitswinkel. Mountain biker Tiffany Keep attacked on Small Chappies and, along with Candice Lill (Summit Fin) – who won the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge the previous weekend, pushed the pace. By the top of the main Chapman’s Peak climb, the group had been reduced to 10. “I expected the mountain bikers to do what they did,” Willeit said. “There wasn’t really much opportunity for an attack from there because the mountain bikers set such a solid and fast pace at the front.” The lead bunch was again split in half on the infamous Suikerbossie climb when Joanna van der Winkel went out, dragging a handful of riders with her. That group could not take it to the line, however, as cat-and-mouse tactics came into play in the last 10 kilometres, seeing the pace slow. In the last two kilometres, the storming chase group – featuring defending champion Kim Le Court, was able to reattach. Willeit managed to find a clean line however and fend off the charge of Le Court and co, to take the win. Men's Race “Clint is an incredibly fast sprinter and there were a few other fast boys in there, so to be able to pull it off was really good,” commented New Zealand’s Sam Gaze (Investec-Songo-Specialized) after beating Jason Oosthuizen (TEG Pro Racing) and Clint Hendricks (Pro Touch Continental) to take the title of the world’s largest timed cycling race. Gaze – who finished runner up in 2018 – was part of a group of 10 riders who got away after Simon’s Town. He called it an “honest race”, thanks to the prevailing Cape Doctor (southeasterly wind) and the depth of the racing field. “The Dimension Data boys did the work out of Simon’s Town and only around 10 riders could hang on with them,” he said, explaining how Smitswinkel was once again a decisive climb in the race. Gaze and Dimension Data’s Stefan de Bod attempted to make a break from the group – which included the likes of 2018 defending champion Nolan Hoffman (Team Enza), Namibian journeyman pro Dan Craven, Dylan Girdlestone (OfficeGuru), Byron Munton (Alpha Bodyworks Giant), as well as Jayde Julius and Clint Hendricks – but they were unable to get away. Despite a valiant chase from the main peloton, the group stayed ahead. There were various surges up front, which saw a few riders dropping off the back up Chapman’s Peak and Suikerbossie, most notable of these, Nolan Hoffman. As with the women, the men watched each other closely through the last 20, with no-one wanting to go too early or too hard. It stayed together and the bunch sprint was inevitable. Gaze timed his attack to perfection to take the win on the line. “When I had that right-hander after the roundabout into the final few hundred metres I had a feel of the wind and had made up my mind that I was going to come from behind. Luckily it worked out perfectly.” Gaze said he was proud to do the double for the songo.info charity. “It feels incredible to win this with Songo on my back,” he said. “The guys have done so much good work over the past few years and I’m really proud to represent them. I’m looking forward to starting the Absa Cape Epic with Songo and hanging on to the ‘Kulhavy Express’ train,” he said. You can watch the race replay here: Men, 109km 1. Sam Gaze - 02:39:42 - (Investec-Songo-Specialized) 2. Jason Oosthuizen - 02:39:42 - (TEG Pro Racing) 3. Clint Hendricks - 02:39:42 - (Pro Touch Continental)  Women, 78km 1. Cherise Willeit - 02:16:11 - (Investec-Songo-Specialized) 2. Kimberley Le Court De Billot - 02:16:11 - (Team Demacon MaxWax Racing) 3. Tiffany Keep - 02:16:11 - (Titan) For more information on the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour, please visit http://capetowncycletour.com/ or follow us on Facebook, twitter (@CTCycleTour) and on Instagram (@ctcycletour).
  12. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock The women’s race will once again feature a Women’s Only Invitational start group, with all the elite and top-seeded U23 women having the option to start at Recreation Road in Fish Hoek. The full distance will be 78km and, as with the first experimental run in 2018, this will ensure a clear run all the way to the finish without traffic from any of the men’s groups. Lill is under no illusions as to what it would take to do the unprecedented double. “There are some very strong teams this year and the racing is going to be fast and tactical,” she said, highlighting the likes of team Team Demacon MaxWax Racing (featuring 2018 defending champion Kim Le Court as well as young gun Heidi Dalton), as well as Sandton City Cycle Nation who has in its ranks Michelle Benson who recently won the 116km Ride for Sight, as well as Olympian Joanna Van De Winkel, former SA Individual Time Trial champion Juanita Venter and Zanri Rossouw who has had an impressive 2019 so far. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock You can also never discount the experience of multiple Cape Town Cycle Tour champion, Anriëtte Schoeman or for a climber such as Catherine Colyn to get away on a break. Also adding some international flavour is Welsh track star and Olympic gold medalist, Elinor Barker. If it comes down to a bunch sprint and she is in the mix, there will be few who could hold her wheel. With various team changes last year, the men’s racing will prove just as interesting. Defending champion Nolan Hoffman will be looking to lead his Enza Construction team to the line for a fourth win. Hoffman made his intentions clear by winning the first stage of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope earlier this week after teammate Steven van Heerden brought back a late break. Photo credit: Toby Ginsberg Hoffman and his team will have their work cut out for them by the bigger teams, however. The Pro Touch continental team features 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour winner Clint Hendricks and 2018 runner-up Reynard Butler, both of whom the team will be working hard to deliver him to the finish. Alfa Bodyworks-Giant has a good mix of experience and young fire and will be working hard to have young gun Byron Munton, who won the Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour in January, in the mix. “The Cape Town Cycle Tour win is a priority for our team so we will give it our all on the day,” Munton commented. “Depending on how the race plays out, we will decide who we ride for on the day.” Another team to keep a close eye on is Investec Songo Specialized, made up of a host of international mountain biking stars including the likes of Sam Gaze (New Zealand) who finished third in 2018 and South Africa’s Alan Hatherly, who won the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge this past Saturday. There is also a host of dark horse riders and smaller teams who will be looking for a surprise break to stay away, unlikely to let any breakaway get away however is Team Dimension Data’s star climber Nicholas Dlamini. Watch the racing unfold on the live streaming on www.capetowncycletour.com. Photo credit: Sam Clark.
  13. The women’s race saw Candice Lill (Summit Fin) outclass South African compatriot Mariske Strauss (Silverback) and three-time defending champion Jennie Stenerhag (Fairtree/Åbro). She rode a perfect tactical race, leading from early on to control the race all the way to the finish in a time of 02:33:48. At the sharp end Conditions on Saturday 2 March were cloudy and cool in the Simonsberg Conservancy, perfect for racing. “I’m really happy with the win,” commented Hatherly, who won the Under 23 Cross Country World Championships in 2018. “I feel like Matt and I pretty much controlled the race from the start,” he said, explaining how they had studied the profile the previous evening and targeted the big climb at 28 kilometres. A group of six riders got away from the start, which included previous champion Howard Grotts as well as Daniel Geismayr (Centurion Vaude). “We kept our heads down until that climb and then worked to split the group,” Hatherly said. They managed to get away, with only Geismayr and Andreassen staying in touch. “We knew that if we sat up the guys behind might recover and get back on. There were quite a few little kickers after that and also a lot of little devil thorns on the route.” Geismayr suffered a bad puncture with around 20 kilometres to go leaving Beers and Hatherly to fight it out at the front, with Andreassen chasing solo. “I think a lot of guys were struggling with slow leaks, including myself,” Hatherly said. “I was on the rim and had to put a CO2 bomb in it and pray the sealant was going to hold and that I could hang on to Matt.” Aside from the thorns, Hatherly was more than complimentary of the route. “Kudos to Meurant (Botha) or producing beautiful trails,” he said. Women’s champion Candice Lill (Summit) – also winning in her first ever outing at the event ­– echoed Hatherly’s sentiments, “It was an awesome route,” she said, explaining how 60-kilometres is not a distance she normally races. “It is either a shorter cross-country style event or longer like at the Absa Cape Epic, so I knew I had to pace myself,” she said. Lill led from early to win ahead of Mariske Strauss and three-time defending champion Jennie Stenerhag. “I saw a lot of people go too fast early on and there was still a lot of pedaling to the line so you had to stay strong all the way to the end,” she said. “I’m very happy with the way I rode today and happy to be taking this form into the Cape Town Cycle Tour next weekend – for which I am really excited – and then the Absa Cape Epic in two weeks’ time.” A day for all While the pros spent less than three hours on the amazing trails the day really belonged to all the weekend enthusiasts across the 20km, 40km, 60km routes. “Fantastic day for mountain biking,” commented David Bellairs, Media, Marketing and Sponsorship Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. “We had over 2200 participants across the distances and the weather played into our hands fantastically – overcast, with some rain coming down towards the end to keep the dust down. It looks like all participants have had an excellent day,” he said. “The ideal start to the Lifecycle Week, indeed.”The Lifecycle week continues with the Cape Town Cycle Tour Junior Tour on Sunday 3 March and culminates in the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday 10 March. 60km Men Alan Hatherly (Specialized) 02:09:05 Matt Beers (NAD) 02:09:06 Simon Andreassen (Specialized) 02:19:2460km Women Candice Lill (Summit Fin) 02:33:48 Mariske Strauss (Silverback) 02:36:21 Jennie Stenerhag (Fairtree/Åbro) 02:37:07 40km Men Johan van Zyl Joshua Burger Willem van der Walt 40km Women Lehane Oosthuizen Julia Marx Andrea Schofmann 20km Men Philip van Schalkwyk Hendre de Villiers Jeandre Ungerer 20km Women Edna Ytier Nikalau Volsteedt Riatha van Zyl
  14. [c Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock. For the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge win, Gaze out-sprinted his Specailized Factory Racing teammate Howard Grotts (who would later win the 2018 ABSA Cape Epic with Jaroslav Kulhavý) and Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon–Circus) who had a stellar season on the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup to finish second overall. The rest of the top 10 included the likes of Florian Vogel, as well as South Africa’s Matthys Beukes and Phil Buys (Pyga-Euro Steel) and Gert Heyns from Team DSV. The likes of Gaze and Simon Andreassen – who will be riding the Absa Cape Epic with Christoph Sauser for Investec-songo-Specialized in support of Grotts and Kulhavý – will be on the start line again come 2 March. So too will be our own Alan Hatherly, who, among a list of other accolades, won the U23 UCI XCO World Championship in 2018. “I’ve never actually managed to make it down for the MTB Challenge or the Cycle Tour for that matter,” Hatherly said. “The timing has just never worked out for me to do it previously so am quite stoked to do it. Watching Sam win last year was quite awesome, so I’m really excited to be out there and in the mix.” Sam Gaze. Photo credit: Mike Rose. Jennie Stenerhag. Photo credit: Mike Rose. In the women’s race, the racing promises to be just as competitive with a whole host of big names lining up as a final shakedown ahead of the Absa Cape Epic. Three-time defending champion Jennie Stenerhag will be back. She crashed during her dominant performance last year which unfortunately put her on the sidelines for much of last season. She is now back to full fitness and hungry to defend her title. She will have her work cut out for her on the day, watch out for Kate Slegrova, Hayley Preen, Yolandi du Toit and Mariske Strauss to take the racing to her. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock. The Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge is of course not only for the top pros however and offers something for every skill and fitness levels. In 2019 it will once again feature three routes – 20km, 40km and 60km – each specially-designed by Dirtopia’s trail-building expert, Meurant Botha. Stay in touch with the latest developments of the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge by liking the Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/cycletour and follow the racing live on Twitter: @TheMTBChallenge. Photo credit: Karin Schermbruker.
  15. Photo credit: Nic Bothma The lowdown Every time you cross a timing mat out on the route the data from your timing chip is streamed to a server. This is how RaceTec generates accurate timing results and it also provides the logistics personnel valuable information on the cyclists. Medical, media and logistical staff have access to this data, making live coverage, decision-making and most importantly medical treatment more efficient. If you ride on someone else’s number and should anything unfortunate happen to you, the wrong medical information will be associated with that number.The substitution entry process then is the only legal way you can take over another rider’s number. It allows cyclists who have entered, but no longer wish to participate, the chance to transfer their entry to someone who wants to ride. The process: It’s pretty simple Those looking for an entry (and those entrants unable to ride) should follow the steps outlined here: https://www.capetowncycletour.com/lifecycle-week/ctct/race-entries/substitutions/Organisers will send an email confirmation letter to the substitute entrant within five working days of receiving the consent letter and the substitute entrant will be notified of their race number and start time by Monday, 4 March 2019. All documentation must reach the organisers by Monday, 25 February at 1pm. No late substitutions will be accepted. Costs The entrant withdrawing from the event will unfortunately not be refunded, but they may request the substitute entrant refund their entry fee. PPA members paid an entry fee of R510 and non-PPA members paid an entry fee of R540.In addition, a fee of R260 is applicable to all substitution entries. Group entries This substitution process does not apply to group entries. Group Entrants wishing to substitute their entry must please contact their group administrator to facilitate a substitution. Collection of numbers and the Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo Substitute entrants can collect their race numbers at the Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo being held at the Cape Town Stadium from 7-9 March 2019. Every entrant must make use of their RaceTec or Winning Time chip to access the Expo for free.For more information on the substitution entry process, contact the Cycle Tour Race Office on 087 820 7223, email them at info@cycletour.co.za or visit https://www.capetowncycletour.com/lifecycle-week/ctct/race-entries/substitutions.
  16. Fly to the finish line as an Ari's Angel in the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour in support of Adolescents & Young Adults (AYAs) who are fighting cancer. An entry will cost you only R1650 and includes a beautiful Ari's Cancer Foundation Cycle jersey, arm warmers, draw string bag and the opportunity to ride for and support a worthy cause. To register, visit our website https://www.ariscancerfoundation.org/?page_id=195. For more information please contact ian@ariscancerfoundation.org. We have 20+ tickets remaining.
  17. A call to support our young development riders!! We are in need of 10 bicycles capable of taking on the challenge of the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour. Lend a bicycle, donate a bicycle or contribute financially to the purchase of a bicycle, any other ideas welcome. #TEAMGVHS2019 is a group of 20 young development riders from Groenvlei High School on the Cape Flats. Their mission is threefold: - To spread awareness of cancer amongst Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs) in support of Aris Cancer Foundation - To promote the sport of cycling - To promote peace in their communities The learners have spent the last 2 months training hard in the High School gym on spinning bikes and using 15 commuter bikes to train on the roads, generously donated by the Pedal Power Association, Bike for All and Qhubeka. They have covered distances of up to 74kms, mostly on the flat terrain, and with only 7 training weekends left it is time to take to the hills, Chappies and Suikerbossie in particular. To do that we need them to have bicycles capable of taking on the challenge. Watch our young riders in action on a training ride in December 2018. How many bicycles do we need? 10 bicycles suitable for the challenge of the Cape Town Cycle Tour How can you get involved? - Donate a bicycle - Lend a bicycle - Contribute financially to the purchase of a bicycle - And any other way you can think of!! To get involved in support of this brave group of riders please contact Godfrey Hendrickse. - Email: godfreyhendrickse@gmail.com - Mobile: 0823902241 To find out more, read their story and meet the riders from #TEAMGVHS2019 on our website: https://www.ariscancerfoundation.org/?p=1295
  18. Good morning all, I'll be looking for some or a lot of advice.... I've been cycling a Titan Expert 27.5 MTB since Jan, I've done 2 MTB races but really prefer road cycling, thus I entered the Cape Town Cycle Tour..... I would like some advice on what to look out for when purchasing a used road bike on a very limited budget...
  19. “Entries for the Cape Town Cycle Tour are capped at 35 000, which is the limit for safety and logistical reasons,” commented David Bellairs, a Director for the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, as he this week outlined the entry programme for the 2019 event. “It’s a mammoth undertaking and one that over the years, despite international acclaim and popularity, has remained true to its roots – continually promoting cycling and the interests of cyclists while maintaining a real ‘heart’ for the community.” The next Cape Town Cycle Tour will take place on Sunday, 10 March 2019 and the start will again be from the historic Grand Parade Precinct. The entry process will roll out in phases to eliminate the super-fast sell-out and potential of overloading the system of some years past. Paid-up Pedal Power Association members (R510 per entry), Club21 members (R540 per entry) and cyclists who have ridden 9 or more races (R540 per entry) will have the opportunity to enter between Monday, 27 August and Monday 3 September. “We have done it this way to award loyal supporters of the event. Charity Group applications also opened on 27 August” said Bellairs Cyclists who are not members of the PPA or have completed less than 9 Cycle Tours and are not riding in a special Charity group can enter online at www.capetowncycletour.com on Thursday, 6 September 2018. Entries will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and will close once the limit has been reached, or on Saturday, 20 October at 4pm, whichever occurs first. Tier 1: PPA (R510), Club 21 (R540), more than 9 Cycle Tours (R540) Entries open: Monday, 27 August Entries close: Monday, 3 September or when entry totals have been reached.Tier 2 – General Entries Entries open: Thursday, 6 September 2018 Entries close: Saturday, 20 October 2018 or when entry totals have been reached. Charity Group Applications Entries open: Monday, 27 August Entries close: TBC For any event queries, or assistance with entries, please contact the Cycle Tour Events Office during office hours on 087 820 7223 or visit www.capetowncycletour.com.
  20. Our sincere condolences to his family, who have been advised. No further details will be made available until our medical briefing at 15h00 this afternoon.
  21. Our Rotary marshalls have always been integral to the successful running of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Most of them work alongside us year after year in a voluntary capacity. They are part of the Cycle Tour family, as are our riders, and we are deeply saddened by this news. We ask for respect for the family’s privacy at this time. We will communicate further information when we have it, if appropriate. For the vast majority of our cyclists and those working behind the scenes, the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour reached a successful culmination after months of hard work. But three families are in mourning for the three lives lost on the route this year. One cyclist succumbed to his wounds at the scene of a pileup with other cyclists at the base of Wynberg Hill, another is suspected to have experienced a heart attack going up the hill at Smitswinkel Bay, and, as stated, we are awaiting confirmation regarding the marshall. I want to assure everyone that all measures are taken to ensure participants’ and marshalls’ safety on the route. In my 28 years working on the Cycle Tour, there have been only 2 trauma related deaths on the day of Cycle Tour. Our hearts and prayers are with the families at this very sad time. We have extended our most sincere condolences.
  22. Hoffman and his team rode textbook bunch sprint, which saw him appearing out of the group in perfect fashion to deny Gaze – who won his first elite UCI Mountain Bike World Cup race the previous day and took the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge title the week before – what would’ve been a unique hat trick. The race, billed as #40Take2, effectively the second running of the 40th edition after the 2017 event was cancelled due to wind – was exciting from the gun. A group of five riders went up the road shortly after the start. Craig Boyes (Investec-Songo-Specialized), Steven Van Heerden (BCX), Myles Van Musschenbroek (Pro Touch), Nicol Carstens (Alfa Bodyworks/Giant) and Chris Cronje (Alfa Bodyworks/Giant) worked well together and built up a gap that stretched up to three minutes at one stage. The five managed to stay away for the majority of the race and were reeled in only up the Suikerbossie climb, after a strong effort spearheaded by Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Continental outfit who had missed out on the break. “The team was incredible today,” Hoffman commented after the finish. “This has been our biggest objective for the year and going away with the win was just incredible. The boys rode out of their skins and I’m just really pleased how it all played out,” he said, explaining that after the catch they knew exactly how to take it home. “We played poker face game,” he said. “We had Steven van Heerden in the break, so we knew we didn’t have to work too hard in the bunch.” “The DiData boys panicked because they didn’t have anyone in front and when they brought it back on Suikerbossie we knew exactly what to do in the last 10 kilometres.” BCX controlled the bunch through Camp’s Bay and the tricky twists and turns through Clifton and Sea Point to go into the final sprint perfectly positioned. “Steven took us right into the final 500 metres and then Clint (Hendricks) – the 2016 defending champion – lead from there. He knows exactly where to go, knows every metre of this finish and he took me to about 180 metres to go. From there all I had to do was go flat-out to the finish. Very happy it worked out” Sam Gaze (2nd), Nolan Hoffman (1st) and Reynard Butler (3rd). The women’s race saw a pioneering first when they started in Glencairn to have 76 kilometre race. This ensured a clear run all the way to the finish and it was epic. In the end, Kim Le Court (Demacon) took the bunch sprint ahead of Namibia’s Vera Adrian (DormaKaba) and track star Maroesjka Matthee (Ciovita). “Wow, such an emotional day,” Le Court, who hails from Mauritius said after the finish. “This is the one race that everyone wants to win, I’ve had a year of podiums and it’s great to finally stand on the top step,” she said. Le Court couldn’t say enough about how good it was for the women to have their own race and how positive it was for the team tactics and racing. “My team mate Lynette (Burger), was in the break from the start and that was exactly as we had planned,” she said. “The other teams and riders worked hard to bring that break back and then from there the sprint played out almost exactly as we had planned in our team meeting the night before,” she said. “I’m so happy and I think we showed that we deserved to have our own race.” The women’s podium saw three different nationalities, while there was one Kiwi on the men’s podium alongside the two South Africans. “I’m really excited about how the day has played out,” said David Bellairs, Marketing, Media and Sponsorship Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. “To have more than 40 percent of the elite groups made up of International riders proves just what an important race this has become on the world stage.” Vera Adrian (2nd), Kimberly Le Court De Billot (1st) and Maroesjka Matthee (3rd). Watch the race replay here: Men 1. Nolan Hoffman 02:37:30 2. Sam Gaze 02:37:31 3. Reynard Butler 02:37:31Women 1. Kimberley Le Court De Billot 02:11:50 2. Vera Adrian 02:11:50 3. Maroesjka Matthee 02:11:50 For more information on the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour, please visit http://capetowncycletour.com/ or follow us on Facebook , twitter (@CTCycleTour) and on Instagram (@ctcycletour).
  23. Expect a few surprises on the day! Here’s who you should be looking out for on Sunday’s live streaming. Clint Hendricks The 2016 defending champion has had a good year so far in his new colours (Malcolm Lange’s Team BCX) winning the Herald Cycle Tour Road Race. Hendricks will be relying heavily on his team to deliver him over Chapman’s Peak and Suikerbossie and bring him to the line for a sprint. That being said, there is bound to be an interesting dynamic between him and his old sprint nemesis, and now teammate, Nolan Hoffman. Clint Hendricks wins the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour. Photo credit: Greg Beadle Nolan Hoffman Hoffman forms the other spear in Team BCX’s two-pronged attack. If it comes down to a big bunch sprint, Hendricks might just make the perfect lead-out man for ‘The Hoff’ - SA’s most prolific sprint machine. Hoffman has two Cape Town Cycle Tour titles under his belt having claimed the win in 2014, and at the 2015 47km Solidarity Ride, and is no doubt hungry for a win. As with Hendricks, his team will be crucial to a victory. Shameeg Salie Alpha Bodyworks/Giant featuring Ruhan Du Plooy and the Dimension Data Continental outfit with the likes of Stefan de Bod and Kent Main all had very good showings during this week’s Tour of Good Hope and could easily get away in an early attack and cause some upsets. However, if there is one dark horse to really keep a look out for it is Shameeg Salie. This year riding in the colours of RandWater, he is due a big result and might just roll the dice early. As per usual one cannot discount the now-regular crew of international mountain bikers in the country on summer training. Team Bulls big gun Karl Platt knows how to race on the road and Sam Gaze (Specialized) who won the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge on 3 March has a serious turn of speed. Can he do the double? As interesting is the women’s race for #40take2… Carla Oberholzer With the women having their own start at Glencairn for a 78km race, team tactics are bound to play a role and Team Demacon, featuring newly-crowned SA Road Race Champ, Carla Oberholzer, is sure to be dominant. Oberholzer rode well during the Tour of Good Hope and, with the absence of 2016 defending champion An-li Kachelhoffer, goes into the race as something of a favourite for sure. However a break could easily come early on the 78km route – at Smitswinkel – and, if Vera Adrian or Carmen Buchacher is in that break they might just stay away. Anriëtte Schoeman With an unprecedented seven titles under the belt, you simply cannot discount her race experience. Her last victory did come in 2013, but she’s had a good start to the year with yet another Herald Cycle Tour victory. The new women’s route might just play into her favour if the young contenders get caught out by an early break. Follow the race live on:
  24. All elite and U23 women that have been seeded into the % start group will have the option to start at a new revised start area on the corner of Main Road and Blackhill Road/Glencairn Expressway. The start time for the Invitational will be at 06:15 - light permitting - and the distance is 76km. It is important to note that the prize monies and title for the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour will be awarded to the winner of this start group. The U23 category title will also be awarded to a participant from this group. For the sake of clarity, should an U23 rider win the event, they will receive both the overall winners title as well as the U23 title. All other age category awards will go to those participants in the traditional 109km Cape Town Cycle Tour. We thank the City of Cape Town for going the extra mile in facilitating this new opportunity for women’s racing and wish all participants a safe and successful race. For more information on the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour, please visit http://capetowncycletour.com/ or follow us on Facebook , twitter (@CTCycleTour) and on Instagram (@ctcycletour).
  25. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock. A group of 10 riders, including Florian Vogel, Pyga-Euro Steel’s Matthys Beukes, Phil Buys as well as Gert Heyns from Team DSV, formed soon after the start and pushed the pace early on. The group felt each other out until Vogel, Van der Poel and 2017 defending champion, Howard Grotts went up the road. Sam Gaze. Photo credit: Mike Rose. Jennie Stenerhag. Photo credit: MIke Rose. “I was left out of the tussle early on,” Gaze explained. “Howie (Grotts) and Florian Vogel rode away up the course and – with all the training going on for the World Cup – I’m pretty tired, so knew I could only ride one speed all the way to the finish,” he said.This year’s route had been extended to 60km with an extra five added to the existing skeleton designed by Meurant Botha. While dry and dusty, the trails rode blisteringly fast. Gaze managed to work his way back and a bunch including him, van der Poel and Gert Heyns were together with 20kms to go. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock. “Once back on, I knew where we had to be strong on the last couple of climbs into the finish,” Gaze said. “The pair broke on a steep climb in Kanonkop and managed to get a solid gap. They stayed together until the finish where Gaze, who is preparing for the UCI World Cup season – which starts in Stellenbosch on Saturday 10 March – managed to squeak ahead to deny his American team mate a repeat victory. “Howie is going incredibly well at the moment, so I think he and Jaroslav (Kulhavý) are going to be a team to really look out for in the Epic.” Gaze said. In the women’s race Jennie Stenerhag (CBC/Åbro) absolutely dominated, spending most of the morning riding alone. She lead from start to finish to successfully defend her title to win her third in a row. “I took two tumbles,” she joked after the finish. “All good though, very happy to take the win. Epic is in two weeks’ time so now is the time that I’m supposed to start feeling good,” she said. “ Photo credit: Nic Botma. “The trails rode beautifully,” she said, “I had a lot of fun,” echoing the sentiments no doubt, of the rest of the field across the three distances. The routes – 20km, 40km, 60km – were consolidated into one day this year, all at a new start/finish venue at Uitspan. “The 2018 instalment has been a great success,” commented David Bellairs, Marketing, Sponsorship and Communications Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. “Despite the very warm weather and the Western Cape being in such a dire drought I think riders have had a fantastic time,” he said. “With everything in one place and on one day, we really are covering all aspects and ability of riding – the 20km on some jeep track and then the 40km and 60km routes on some of the finest Simonsberg’s most spectacular single-track on farms like Muratie, Kanonkop, Delheim, Uitkyk, it just doesn’t get any better.” Photo credit: Nic Botma. “You now have families being able to participate together – where the hardcore part of the family can be out riding on the mountains with the younger riders or less experienced riding the vineyards.” The Lifecycle Week continues with the Cape Town Cycle Tour Junior on Sunday 4 March and culminates in the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday 11 March. Photo credit: Karin Schermbruker. Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge 2018 Top Results: 60km Men 1. Sam Gaze (NZ) 02:11:50 2. Howard Grotts (USA) 02:11:58 3. Mathieu van der Poel (NL) 02:12:35 Men 60km podium. Photo credit: Mike Rose. 60km women 1. Jennie Stenerhag (Swe) 02:37:57 2. Katie Lennard 02:44:37 3. Lotte Koopmans 02:50:50 Women 60km podium. Photo credit: Mike Rose. 40km women 1. Sabrina Enaux 01:55:04 2. Lehane Oosthuizen 01:57:07 3. Julia Marx 02:09:14 40km Men 1. Ryan Kellerman 01:40:02 2. Johan van Zyl 01:42:19 3. Kevin Long 01:43:07 20km men: 1. Hendre de Villiers 00:52:20 2. Philip van Schalkwyk 00:55:22 3. Robert Nieuwenhuizen 01:00:29 20km women 1. Anna Marx 01:01:02 2. Edna Ytier 01:08:11 3. Tanna Scott 01:12:40
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