A strong South African squad of six U/23 road cyclists including Dimension Data Continental rider, Louis Visser has been selected to represent South Africa at the Tour de L’Espoir 2018 taking place in Cameroon from 31 January to 4 February 2018.
The South African U/23 squad includes Louis Visser (Dimension Data Continental), Aidan van Niekerk (Team LEADOut Aspire), Carl Bonthuys, Dániyal Matthews, Mornay van Heerden and Joshua Francis (Team Absolute Motion). All the riders are ecstatic with their selection.
Louis Visser in his second year riding for Team Dimension Data Continental recently won the Timber City Cycle Tour and Eden Street Mile. From a young age Louis Visser and Aidan van Niekerk competed in both road and mountain bike events in the Southern Cape. Both Louis and Aidan were also part of LEADout Cycling that toured Europe in 2015 that was led by Barry Austin and John Lee Augustyn. While riding for Ciclista Club Colindres in Spain during the European Cycling season in 2016, Louis joined the Cycling South African junior squad in 2016 to compete in various races in Europe, while Aidan represented Team SA in 2016 at the Tour of Ethiopia.
“It is always a privilege and honour to represent your country. This will be my first race of the 2018 season and a great way to get the season started with my fellow country mates,” says Louis Visser.
“Nothing makes me more proud than racing for the National Team! It’s the first time a Nations Cup Race will be held in Africa, which makes it more special. Looking forward to heading to Cameroon later this month,” says Aidan van Niekerk.
The Tour de l’Espoir is organized by Vivendi Sports, under the sponsorship of the Cameroon Cycling Federation and the International Cycling Union. This race is one of the six events on the UCI calendar counting for the U23 Nations Cup in 2018. The tour will take place for the first time on the African continent in Cameroon with a peloton that will comprise of 15 teams, mostly African teams covering a distance of 417km in 4 Stages.