Nolan Hoffman stormed his way to the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Road Classic title at Sun City on Sunday morning after weathering a surprisingly quick start and then negotiating a bunch sprint.
In the women’s race Charlene du Preez crossed the finish line first, ahead of Kim Le Court – Saturday’s mountain bike winner – and Michelle Benson.
The 31-year-old Hoffman, who finished the 103km flat course in a time of 2:18.13 ahead of Calvin Beneke and Bradley Potgieter, said the quick tactics at the start surprised him.
“It was an odd race… very weird. Chris Jooste got off to a very quick start and opened up a big gap at the beginning, and we had to pull him in quickly so he didn’t get away,” said Hoffman, who won the event in 2013.
“The start surprised me because 90% of the time on a flat course it will come down to a bunch sprint. If the start is too quick you won’t have enough energy for the sprint at the end.
“When it came down to the sprint, Brad Potgieter went for it with 250m to go. With a head wind I didn’t want to go out too early as I would explode. I made my move with 80m to go and had enough to go past him.
“I’m chuffed with how it panned out.”
On Saturday Le Court and Alex Pavlov won their respective 50km mountain bike races. Cycle4Cansa, in its 19th year, has raised R4 million to help in the fight against cancer.
The 103km Classic road race was moved to its original route on Sunday. The race is an official Premier seeding event for the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour.
A strategic decision to switch the dates of the road and mountain bike races cleared the way for the feature road race to return to its original route. The race, which made its debut in 1998, was forced to make use of an alternative course over the past three years to combat the increase in traffic – particularly heavy mining trucks – on the R551 from Thabazimbi.