Cape Town - Timing his sprint to
perfection, Nolan Hoffman edged ahead of RoadCover rival Clint Hendricks to
retain his Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship title at Sun City in the
Pilanesberg on Sunday.
The BCX professional, who
finished in a fast 2:23:21, took advantage of a cross-tailwind and excellent
teamwork in the 103km feature race to hold off last year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour champion and RoadCover’s Ryan Harris in the gallop to the line.
The 32-year-old Hoffman said
his third title in the 20th edition of the road classic in the North
West Province was a boost for his confidence for the second half of the season.
is the first big one for the rest of the year and it’s
always good to pull off a win when things are close,”
said Hoffman, who lives on the West Rand.
team rode a phenomenal race today and it’s
very rewarding to give them a win. It’s a big relief and
helps to settle the nerves for the forthcoming races.”
Hoffman, who learnt his trade
in Franschhoek in the Western Cape where he grew up, said they had been pushed
hard by RoadCover, who sent Hendricks and team-mate Willie Smit up the road with
about 40km to go.
it was a bit of scare I still had David Maree and Wesley Eslick with me and,
with help from the Rand Water guys, we put in a solid chase and caught them
with about 20km left.
neutralised the race again and that set it up for the sprint because in this
race, from that distance, it is always going to end in a bunch finish.”
Hoffman said he went into the
last kilometre with three team-mates at his side and knew they were in a good
got it right today because there was this tailwind from the side and I have
done this so many times that I know that if you get it right it’s impossible to come off the wheel.”
He said a last-gasp attack by
an in-form Brendon Davids (RoadCover) with one kilometre to go was the carrot
was waiting for them to do a lead-out. My team-mates had me well positioned on
the left-hand side of the road and I made the jump with about 200 metres left.
a big guy with a tailwind like this and going slightly downhill were perfect
conditions and I was so glad I could deliver the win.”
Hoffman, who won two stages at
the recent Lowveld Tour in similar fashion, said he had to keep an eye on the
dangerous Hendricks all the way to the finish.
was very close and Clint was my biggest concern. He tried to come through on my
inside but there wasn’t really a gap so I
was able to take the win.”
Demacon’s Carla Obeholzer, who is perhaps better known for her
climbing ability, took the women’s title for the
first time after winning the sprint from a lead group of seven.
She came home in 2:47:21 to
beat Cherise Willeit, who made her return to road racing after an absence of
two years. Demacon’s Heidi Dalton, the reigning
national champion, completed the podium.
Oberholzer, from Clarens in
the Eastern Free State, said the final break developed about 40km from home.
there were four Demacon riders in the group, we could not form another
breakaway and it came down to a sprint finish,”
said the 30-year-old.
don’t have a specialist sprinter so it was everyone for
herself,” she explained, admitting it felt good to finally tick
off the victory after so many attempts.
Henry Uys from Radiokop in
Johannesburg outduelled defending champion Alex Pavlov to win Saturday’s 50km mountain bike race in 1:47:43.
and I managed to distance ourselves from the rest about 15 kilometres in and we
worked hard from that point onwards,” said the
the start of the second lap, Alex went really hard up a climb and got a gap,
but I just tried to consolidate because I knew I would have a chance of closing
in on the descents.”
Uys, who won the Barberton
Ultra Marathon in January, eventually neutralised the attack and launched one
of his own on a short, steep climb about halfway through the second 25km lap.
got ahead and then kept a nice high tempo until the end for my first win in
this race,” he said.
Team Bestmed-ASG’s new signing, Kristin Louw, won the women’s race in 2:11:42.
103km road race
1. Nolan Hoffman 2:23:21
2. Clint Hendricks 2:23:21
3. Ryan Harris 2:23:22
4. Maurice Moller 2:23:22
5. Thando Zothe 2:23:22
1. Carla Oberholzer 2:47:21
2. Cherise Willeit 2:47:22
3. Heidi Dalton 2:47:22
4. Lynette Burger 2:47:22
5. Samantha Sanders 2:47:22
70km road race
1. Johannes van der Walt 1:54:06
2. Marius Strauss 1:54:07
3. David Brewer 1:54:07
1. Lisa Venter 1:54:08
2. Lona Liebenberg 1:54:51
3. Wilma Pienaar 1:54:51
50km mountain bike race
1. Henry Uys 1:47:43
2. Alex Pavlov 1:48:10
3. Andrew Westaway 1:54:00
4. Richard Damant 1:54:04
5. David Labuschagne 1:56:58
1. Kristen Louw 2:11:42
2. Nicolene Marais 2:13:29
3. Sharon van den Heever
4. Annamarie Jacobsz 2:37:15
5. Tracey Andrews 2:46:01
25km mountain bike race
1. Sheldon Kukard 1:00:33
2. Antonie Lit 1:03:30
3. Johannes van der Walt
1. Monique du Plessis 1:20:12
2. Mandie Botes 1:27:3
3. Bianca Keyser 1:29:07