Presented in the week leading up to the Cape Town Cycle Tour from 6-10 March, and based in the Paarl/Franschhoek valley, the 2017 Bestmed Tour of Good Hope encompasses five days road racing through the Cape Winelands over a total distance of 490km and 5218m vertical ascent.
Paarl is surrounded by some of the most famous passes in the country and lends itself perfectly to a clover leaf racing format. ASG Events believes this format (central race village hub) will significantly reduce the logistics and ‘own costs’ of participants, related to traveling and accommodation, while incorporating some of the best and most famous cycling routes and mountain passes in the Western Cape.
There are a number of iconic climbs on the route, including Du Toitskloof Pass and the well-known Four Passes Route, which goes over the Helshoogte, Sir Lowry’s, Viljoen’s and Franschhoek passes.
The Best young rider in 2017 will received the first white jersey on Tour. The white jersey will also act as the official merchandise jersey for the Tour. The Overall Leader will receive the yellow jersey, King of the Mountains will wear Red and lastly the leader in points will receive the pink jersey.
The Bestmed Tour of Good Hope’s international reputation was further enhanced with confirmation that five-time Cape Epic champion Karl Platt will be on the start line. The German will lead a strong team in South Africa’s premier road stage race.
Cape Town Cycle Tour and national road champion An-Li Kachelhoffer has also set her sights squarely on conquering the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope in March. The 29-year-old all-rounder, who represented the country in the Olympic Games road race in Rio, said she was keen to target stage races. Kachelhoffer is looking forward to working with Team Bestmed-ASG, re-igniting a relationship which started in 2013 before she pursued other avenues. With her husband, Hanco, having taken a position with ASG Sports in Paarl, the team’s equipment sponsors, Kachelhoffer said it made sense to re-join the team.
Kachelhoffer felt being part of the team would allow her to focus more on her riding. She said it was the perfect training ground to demonstrate what riders could expect in Europe, where there is much greater focus on stage racing.