Participants in The Herald VW Cycle Tour will have a chance to show their true mettle when they take on the new Ultimate Quest in Port Elizabeth and Addo from February 1 to 3.
The Ultimate Quest is designed to reveal the supreme cyclist overall across both the 80km Extreme mountain bike challenge on the Saturday and 106km Classic road race on the Sunday.
With over R400 000 in prizes and some major changes in store, organisers are aiming to attract cyclists from across the country when The Herald VW Cycle Tour takes place in Addo and Port Elizabeth from February 2 to 3.
According to event coordinator Linda Harwood, the 2013 edition would see bigger incentives, better routes and a brand-new race village, as well as the addition of the Ultimate Quest super-category.
Shaun Ward from Team NuWater clinched victory in a time of 02:10:33 at the 2012 Die Burger Cycle Tour in Stellenbosch today. This follows NuWater’s team victory at the Coronation Double Century held in Swellendam last weekend.
“I am thrilled to have achieved my goals and the perfect conditions made riding a pleasure today. I have just returned from a disappointing tour of Rwanda so I wanted to do my best” he said.
South Africa’s national road cycling team stuck to their game plan and claimed their first victory at the 2012 Tour of Rwanda when Darren Lill retained the yellow jersey after the seventh stage to claim the overall win with compatriot Dylan Girdlestone finishing in second place. The Tour of Rwanda ended on Sunday in Kigali with a stage of 124,3km.
After starting in Kigali nine days earlier, international teams toured the scenic and hilly Rwandan countryside to span 876 kilometres in total, starting with a Prologue on Sunday 18th November followed by eight stages.
Team NuWater has clinched the 20th Coronation Double Century, overcoming challenging weather and a spirited challenge from Team Focus/Craft, who claimed second place. Third place in the men’s category went to TEAM.
Luthando Kaka, Team Bonitas rider who was invited by Team NuWater to join their team for the 2012 event, said: “Despite tough conditions and a hard ride, it was a great day out with the NuWater guys. I always love the vibe at this event, especially as it’s a perfect way of winding down the season ahead of our season which starts in January.”
With only days to go until the 20th Coronation Double Century team cycle challenge is set to take place in Swellendam, top teams have thrown down the gauntlet and made their intentions clear for Race Day on Saturday, 24 November.
Nu Water team captain Hannes van der Walt, who also captained last year’s winning Cape Town Market / Noble Energy team, said they are definitely going for another win this year. “We have some high-performance riders in our team this year, including 2012 Amashovashova winner Johan Rabie and Luthando Kaka, Chris Jennings and James Perry. We’ll tackle the route in two stages, namely two 100km sprints!”
By: Sarah Bonner
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio celebrated a double victory this past week at African Continental Championships in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso. Moolman-Pasio showed her prowess in both the road and individual time trial disciplines winning the sprint from a breakaway in the road race and the timetrial by 43 seconds.
Victory wasn’t without it’s challenges, however, as only five of the 21 bicycles sent arrived with Team South Africa. With flights arriving only every second day, riders were left without equipment and forced to abandon some events. “I had both, my time trial and road bike, so I was one of the fortunate ones,” Moolman-Pasio stated, sounding relieved all over again.
After spending the cycling season in America Christiaan Kriek still believes that going to the States is the way to go for those wanting to pursue a career as a professional cyclist.
“It was the perfect first step and a very good learning experience,” said the 23-year-old rider from the American Continental Team Jelly Belly P/B Kenda.