Nolan Hoffman, Kim Le Court Billiot (Gallo Images)
Local hero Nolan Hoffman became the second most successful male rider in Cape Town Cycle Tour history when he won his fourth title in 2 hours, 37 minutes and 12 tactical seconds in near perfect time on Sunday.
The 36-year-old rider from Team ENZA – who won in 2014, 2015 and 2018 – achieved the perfect sprint after surviving the climbs of Chapman’s Peak and Suikerbossie and winning more than a length of bike ahead of Christiaan Janse van Rensburg and Craig Boyes.
“This is definitely the title that matters the most. It has been a tough time for my family over the past 18 months and we have lost family members to Covid. I am just blessed to be in good health. health and power to earn, ”Hoffman said.
“I gained a lot of weight during the lockdown but worked really hard to get back in shape once we found out the Cycle Tour was going on.”
Hoffman was able to save his energy for the big climbs when teammate David Maree entered the only significant break of the day. Maree broke free with Alwyn Steenkamp (TEG Procycling) and Keanan Roodt just after climbing Wynberg Hill.
Across Misty Cliffs, the escapees extended the lead to 1:19 before being finally engulfed by the group charging up to Chapman’s Peak.
As the leading peloton approached Suikerbossie, World Tour rider Nic Dlamini (Assos-Qhubeka) was the first to attack as he tried to burn the sprinters down. But the lead group eventually came back together in the final 15 kilometers to the finish and Hoffman – helped by guest teammate and mountain biking legend Christoph Sauser – found himself in the perfect position to deliver his signature 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 men’s with five to his name.
On the women’s side, the 2018 winner, Kim Le Court De Billot, took the 78 km title from Fish Hoek.
She did 2 hours 13 minutes 37 seconds. The Court De Billot was part of a small group of six riders who managed to break out of the peloton to Chapman’s Peak and included SA and local Hout Bay champion Hayley Preen, top mountain biker Candice Lill, UK star of the triathlon Emma Pallant, Kelsey van Schoor and S’annara Grove.
Pallant was the first attacker while Preen put the hammer on Suikerbossie in an attempt to break the leading group. But in the end, the group started the last kilometers intact and it was up to Le Court De Billot and Preen to compete in the sprint.
Behind them, Pallant and the others got tangled up and Pallant crashed heavily on sight of the finish line. “I felt confident on the climbs, I felt in the right place and my legs were good”, Le Court de Billot. “I tried to save my legs for the sprint because I was confident in it. I’m just happy I was able to do it for my team.
Sunday marked the 43rd edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour.