The city of Pietermaritzburg will be placed in the world cycling spotlight once again after being awarded a Qualifying event forming part of the UCI World Cycling Tour.
Cycling South Africa has been triumphant in their campaign to bid against various competing countries for one of the Qualifying events of the new series of mass participation road races specifically targeting amateur riders. The Msunduzi Road Challenge, as the event will be known, will take place in KwaZulu-Natal’s capital city from 29th to 30th October 2011.
The Azerbaijan International Cycling Tour in Iran which starts on Friday will be the last that Daryl Impey is riding for Team MTN Qhubeka.
Impey has received a contract offer to ride for the German Pro-Continental Team, Team NetApp. Daryl will ride for Team NetApp for the first time at the end of May in the Bayern Rundfahrt (UCI 2. HC). Next month he might already be competing in the Tour of Switzerland racing shoulder to shoulder with some of the best ProTour-riders.
Tyler Day and Cherise Taylor won their respective men’s and women’s Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle challenge in Cape Town on Sunday.
In the men’s race, Day, a first-year professional on the Bonitas Medscheme team, captured the biggest victory of his short career when he outsprinted a large bunch to win.
Cadel Evans has admitted he has taken a laid-back approach to the 2011 cycling season, although it is all part of his bigger plans to get back in contention for victory at the Tour de France.
Evans finished runner-up in the three week epic in 2007 and 2008, but has failed to challenge for the race’s coveted yellow jersey in the past two years.
Alberto Elli’s men made it two wins in a row when Bernardo Riccio (D’angelo & Antenucci-Nippo) won the bunch sprint, in stage 5 of the Cell Tour of South Africa.
The Italian whose last win came in 2008, and was elated to finish off a great effort by his team. “I was 7th in the final sharp turn with 850m to go, then felt strong when the sprint started. I am very happy with the win and the way the team chased.”
Organisers of the Cell C Tour of SA 2011 – an eight-day International Cycling Union-sanctioned professional road race – have officially apologised to teams, the 120 riders, the public and sponsors for the fiasco that led to the cancellation of yesterday’s second stage.
This past weekend myself and a couple friends thought that it would be a good idea to ride from Cape Town to Tulbagh then back again the next day. A good idea it was, perfect weather, awesome scenery and a great two days of training.