Cape Town Cycle Tour

Edition 45

Foreshore, South Africa
12 Mar, 2023 (Sun)

Cycling

109 km

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12 Mar, 2023 (Sun)
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109 km
1692 m Elevation gain
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Cape Town Cycle Tour

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Third Victory For Le Court De Billot  As Pritzen Takes Men’s Title On Rainy Day

13 Mar, 2022 (Sun)

Mauritian-born Kim Le Court De Billot (Efficient Insure Infiniti) won her third Cape Town Cycle Tour, presented by Pick n Pay, on Sunday while 22-year-old Marc Pritzen (Honeycomb) took his first win in the elite men’s race on a day that started cold and windy. Le Court De Billot won the 78km women’s elite event, that started in Fish Hoek, in 2 hours 08 minutes 05 seconds ahead of Hout Bay local, and former SA road champion, Hayley Preen (Reach For Rainbows) and mountain biking star Candice Lill. 2021 SA road champion Pritzen won the men’s 109km event in 2:37.55 ahead of German cyclocross professional Sascha Weber (Mad Macs) and another mountain bike specialist, HB Kruger. The Cape Town Cycle Tour celebrated its 44th edition in 2022 with a Covid-restricted maximum field of 22 500. In 2021 the event was restricted to a field of 18 000. WOMEN’S RACE After the women’s event started 15 minutes late because of the gloomy weather, it was first Lill and then Le Court de Billot that opened up the race as they headed down through Ocean View and Masiphumelele. The two were eventually caught by the bunch on the lower slopes of Chapmans Peak but again split the group on the famous climb. By the time the women reached Hout Bay the lead group had swelled again but Preen attacked up Suikerbossie – as she did in 2021 – and took both Le Court De Billot and Lill with her. Lill then set a torrid pace to gap the rest of the field up the infamous climb. The three worked together until the final kilometre before Le Court De Billot’s superior sprinting saw her add to the titles she won in 2018 and 2021. “It was probably my most exciting Cycle Tour yet. I knew, coming into today, that the women’s field was really strong and this Cycle Tour was probably the best one to win,” Le Court De Billot said. “It was also great to win in front of my whole family as well.” MEN’S RACE The men’s race was equally as exciting as the race was frantic right from the start. A large group, including Pritzen, got clear early on along the fast M3 section but got whittled down as they ascended Chapman’s Peak and finally Suikerbossie. By the time they reached the top of Suikerbossie Pritzen, Weber, Kruger and early animator, Byron Munton, had got clear with the peloton already out of the running. It is rare that a pro breakaway succeeds on the relatively short Cycle Tour route. In the final kilometre Munton opened up a tactical sprint and it was the tall figure of Pritzen that managed to pull through for a superb win. “Winning this race is the dream,” Pritzen beamed. “I’ve won many races in South Africa but this is the biggest one. The weather suited me because I like it when it’s wet. So when I woke up this morning I knew that this was my best chance at winning.” GOOD TURNOUT “Despite the inclement conditions this morning just over 17 500 of the 22 500 entrants started,” Cycle Tour Director, David Bellairs said. “It just shows how committed our riders are to supporting the event no matter what the weather.” Cycle Tour Trust CEO Paula Barnard expressed her appreciation to all the sponsors, supporters and volunteers that make the Cycle Tour possible. “We are deeply grateful to all our sponsors for sticking by us over the last two years despite the challenges we faced dealing with the Covid pandemic,” Barnard said. “Without the support of these sponsors, our supporters, the City of Cape Town, the provincial government of the Western Cape and all our volunteers it would not be possible to give this opportunity to so many.” Results Men: 1 Marc Pritzen (Honeycomb) 2 hours 37 minutes 55 seconds 2 Sascha Weber (Mac Macs) same time 3 HB Kruger st Women 1 Kim Le Court De Billot 02:08:45 2 Hayley Preen st 3 Candice Lill st
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‘The HOF’ Makes It Four Wins As The Weather Gods Celebrate Postponed 2021 Cape Town Cycle Tour

10 Oct, 2021 (Sun)

Thousands of cyclists from around South Africa celebrated the return of limited mass participation sporting events with the 43rd running of the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday. As part of the events’ Covid-19 mitigation plans the race was reduced in size to a maximum of 18 000 entries and various Covid-19 protocols, including a ‘flow’ start and smaller start batches, were put in place to ensure the safety of all participants. Blessed with near-perfect weather, the traditional circuit around the Peninsula was clear and virtually windless and participants were encouraged to enjoy the event rather than race for time. With only prizes up for grabs in the elite races, most of the starters chose to take it easier and coffee shops along the route were busy as many participants stopped for a break. The 2021 Cycle Tour, which attracted 18 000 entries, was postponed from its traditional early March date to October as a result of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. “Today was a celebration,” Cycle Tour Director, David Bellairs said. “We were privileged to be the first mass participation event to take place since the lockdown restrictions were imposed and all our participants got into the spirit of the day by participating rather than racing.” The race was restricted to 18 000 entries and various Covid-19 protocols, including a ‘flow’ start, were used to ensure the safety of riders and organisers. “This event could not have happened if we had not had the buy-in of the riders so we are extremely grateful that the majority of riders embraced our Covid-19 measures,” said Bellairs. HOFFMAN MAKES HISTORY IN THE MEN’S RACE Local hero Nolan Hoffman became the second most successful men’s rider in Cape Town Cycle Tour history when he won his fourth title in a tactical 2 hours, 37 minutes, 12 seconds. The 36-year-old ENZA team rider – who won in 2014, 2015 and 2018 – delivered the perfect sprint after surviving the climbs up Chapman’s Peak and Suikerbossie and winning by over a bike length ahead of Christiaan Janse van Rensburg and Craig Boyes. “This is definitely the title that means the most. It has been a tough time for my family over the last 18 months and we have lost family members to Covid. I am just blessed to be healthy and be able to win,” Hoffman said. “I put on a lot of weight during the lockdown but I have worked really hard at getting into shape once we heard that the Cycle Tour was happening.” Hoffman was able to save his energy for the big climbs when ENZA teammate David Maree got into the only significant break of the day. Maree got clear with Alwyn Steenkamp (TEG Procycling) and Keanan Roodt just after the climb up Wynberg Hill. Through Misty Cliffs the escapees stretched out the lead to 1:19 before they were eventually swallowed up by the charging bunch up Chapman’s Peak. As the lead bunch approached Suikerbossie, World Tour rider Nic Dlamini (Assos-Qhubeka) was the first to attack as he attempted to burn off the sprinters. But the lead group eventually reformed over the final 15km into the finish and Hoffman – helped by guest teammate and mountain biking legend Christoph Sauser – got himself into the perfect position to deliver his trademark sprint. “I just told myself to relax and believe in my sprint. It was just a perfect day,” Hoffman said. Only Willie Engelbrecht has won more titles than Hoffman in the men’s race with five to his name. LE COURT DE BILLOT WINS SECOND WOMEN’S TITLE 2018 winner Kim Le Court De Billot took the title in the women’s race after a thrilling race over 78km that started in Fish Hoek. She clocked 2 hour 13 minutes 37 seconds. Le Court De Billot was part of a select group of six riders that managed to pull clear of the bunch up Chapman’s Peak and included SA champion and Hout Bay local Hayley Preen, top mountain biker Candice Lill, UK triathlon star Emma Pallant, Kelsey van Schoor and S’annara Grove. Pallant was the early aggressor while Preen put down the hammer up Suikerbossie in an attempt to break up the lead group. But, in the end, the group entered the final kilometres intact and it was up to Le Court De Billot and Preen to contest the sprint. Behind them Pallant and the rest got tangled up and Pallant crashed heavily within sight of the finish line. “I felt confident on the climbs, felt I was in the right place and my legs were good,” Le Court de Billot. “I tried to save my legs for the sprint because I confidence in that. I’m just glad I could pull it off for my team.” Sunday marked the 43rd edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Results: Men: 1 Nolan Hoffman (ENZA) 02:37:12 2 Christian Janse van Rensburg, same time 3 Craig Boyes, same time 4 Louis Visser, same time 5 Jaco Venter, same time Women: 1 Kim Le Court de Billot (Galileo Infinit SPOT), 02:13:17 2 Hayley Preen, same time 3 Candice Lill, same time 4 Kelsey van Schoor, same time (Customized Cycling Bioplus) 5 S’annara Grove, same time (Customized Cycling Bioplus)
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