The winner of the 2017 event, Louis Visser, rider for Team Dimension Data Continental arrived back in Cape Town from Europe on Friday morning and will defend his title at the Timbercity Cycle Tour hosted by Eden Cycling Association on Sunday, 30 September 2018 in Oudtshoorn.
Louis returned earlier than expected from Europe after he left for Europe in March to join the Team Dimension Data Continental in Lucca, Italy. It it is not ideal for Louis to participated after a long flight, but he is eager to defend his title. Marchall Hendricks from C4D Team, runner up from 2017 will also try to claim a spot on the podium. According to the race organisers Team Alfa Bodyworks/Giant from Cape Town will be on the starting line. Last years winner in the women’s category, Anriette Schoeman from the Eastern Cape will also defend her title on Sunday.
With very few road races in the Western Cape this is the perfect opportunity to race in the Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, and participating in a seeding race for the Cape Town Cycle Tour in 2019. The road race on Sunday will cater for every level of cyclist with a flat 30km, a slightly more challenging 57km to the Cango Caves and the 104km that stretches into Matjiesrivier at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain range and back.
The 104km route is challenging, but worth the effort when greeted with the natural beauty of Oudtshoorn and surroundings. The 104km Route has an accent of 1200m but comes with a rewarding last 42km that drops 600m back into Oudtshoorn.
The Timbercity Cycle Tour will start and finish at Brian’s Grill and Family Restaurant in Baron van Reede street, also a secondary sponsor together with the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.