Cape Town - Primarily
a mountain biker, Swiss ace Christoph Sauser is ready to make an impact when he
competes in the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope cycling race from March 6-10.
triple world marathon and five-time Cape Epic champion will compete in the
country’s premier road tour for Investec-Songo-Specialized and is eager to reap
the benefits of the 490km journey through the Cape Winelands.
is, he said, much to appreciate about the Tour of Good Hope, which is presented
by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein and sanctioned by Cycling South Africa.
love to race in the beautiful Western Cape and there is the speed effect when
you ride with a bunch on fast wheels,” he said.
it is so well organised and I’m already looking forward to it.”
said the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope played an essential part in his preparations
as it helped him to work on his speed.
beats riding in a bunch at 40km/h at a high cadence. It is very good to have
this stimulation which you would never get in training.”
40-year-old said that although they essentially a team of mountain bikers, they
had riders who could climb and sprint as well.
“I’m not quite sure about the tactics, but we will have a lot of fire
will play it day by day, but it would be nice to win a stage or two again as we
did last year with Sam Gaze.”
latter won last year’s queen stage - mountain-top finish on Du Toitskloof Pass - before going on to win the Under-23 world cross country title in the Czech
said his personal goal was to do well on the same stage this year.
will be supported by Gaze, Simon Andreassen, Konny Looser, Matt Beers, Craig
Boyes and Paolo Montoya.
2000 Olympic cross-country bronze medallist, who is based in the small mountain
town of Yvorne in Switzerland, announced his retirement from the sport last
he could not resist making a comeback when a request came from 2012 Olympic
cross country champion Jaroslav Kulhavy to join him for this year’s Cape Epic.
needed some time to think, but the fire for the Cape Epic started to burn
again,” he said.
challenge, the goal to win a sixth title and also the chance to raise awareness
and inspire the kids of my charity - songo.info -
brought me back again.”
charity strive to improve the lives of children living in South African
townships by providing them with a safe place to play, grow and develop.
won the Epic alongside Kulhavy in 2013 and 2015, Sauser said they would love to
make it a third title. He however warned that many teams would be in
contention, including that of his German rival Karl Platt, who is also gunning
for a record sixth win.
who has been training in South Africa for the past few weeks, showed his power
by winning the Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge and National MTB Series opener in