Cape Town - Fresh
from his triumph in the Knysna Cycle Tour, RoadCover’s Brendon Davids is ready to test
himself again when he makes his debut appearance in the Bestmed Jock Classic on
by Rudy Project, the one-day, three-stage race in Mbombela in Mpumalanga will
be contested over 150km with 2 900m of vertical ascent.
he has not experienced the concept of a three-stage race in a single day,
Davids is excited about the event and is looking forward to another examination
of his road credentials.
23-year-old from Fourways in Johannesburg has made a successful switch from
mountain bike trails to the tar, winning the 947 Challenge last year and
finishing second in the Mpumalanga Cycle Tour in January.
“I’m doing most of the road events for
the first time and, although I have not ridden the Jock Classic, I know quite a
bit about the region from the Mpumalanga Tour,” said the former junior, Under-23 and
elite African continental mountain bike champion.
“I have really just been focused on
the past weekend and only now am I looking ahead to the next event.”
discussions with his team-mates, Davids said he realised the second stage could
be influential in the final outcome.
45km stretch between White River and Sabie has a fairly flat start before the
climb up Spitskop, which is followed by a 10km run-in to Sabie.
“Most of my colleagues have done the
Jock Classic and they all say the Spitskop section into Sabie can make or break
“I know there is also the Long Tom
Pass (over 12km) on the final leg, but that is quite far from the finish, so
the push up Spitskop should play a big role.
“It will probably be important to try
to establish a gap there as it is the most challenging part of the route, and
then try to consolidate on the final stage back into Nelspruit.”
he said RoadCover would be represented by a fairly small team in the Bestmed
Jock Classic, Davids was happy with their conditioning.
“It’s important to have a good team
behind you and we are all riding well together and committed to the cause.
“We haven’t really strategized a lot at this
stage and although we will have a plan, we often improvise on the road.”
acknowledged one of the challenges would be to keep warm between the stages,
which start at 06:30 (42km), 09:30 (45km) and 13:00 (63km).
“I have never experienced this sort of
race before but Brad (Potgieter) and Clint (Hendricks) have done it and have
given me some pointers,”
“I’m sure I will be spending some time
on the rollers between stages so you don’t switch off completely and stay well
prepared for the next stage.”
year the Jock Classic, regarded as the country’s toughest one-day road race, will be
held separately from the three-day Bestmed Jock Tour, which now takes place in