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.
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!”
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.
The 2012 African Continental Championships came to an end amidst sweltering heat over the course of the weekend in West Africa’s Burkina Faso, where Team South Africa will return home from the capital city Ouagadougou with a total of nine medals.
Saturday’s Elite women’s road race saw the three South African’s outsmart their rivals to claim gold, silver and bronze for the top three podium positions of the 68km event. Shortened due to the very hot conditions, the participants were required to race four laps of the 17 kilometre circuit.
The Italian flag flew enthusiastically in the wind at Alexandra Park after the 112km road race that brought down the curtain on the UCI World Cycling Tour Final, with two of the three world titles on offer on the final day going to Italian riders.
D’Andrea Allesandro won a thrilling three way dice to the line to snatch the coveted UCI rainbow jersey away from local riders JC Jooste and Jaco Ferreira in the 30-34 year class, while his compatriot Gabriele Clementoni capped a tactically astute race with an imposing victory in the men’s 40-44 class.