GAUTENG CYCLING STARS SHINE IN DURBAN
By Khanyisani Dlomo
Gauteng Province cyclists scooped both men and women Engen Cycle Challenge titles at the Kings Park Cycling Track on Sunday.
Nolan Hoffman of Team Abuntu was crowned the 102 km race winner. Christoff van Heerden and Clint Hendricks, both from Team Bonitas, came second and third respectively.
After winning Hoffman said, “It is one of the important races for the team. I’m really happy to have won here and the team is based here and it’s like a home victory for me.” He walked away with R10 000.
Lynette Burger of Momentum Toyota won the women’s race and walked away with R4000.
It was the first leg of the series. The second series will be held in Pretoria in October and the third will take place in Cape Town in November.
Burger said that as eyes will be on her in the next series, she will make sure that she works even harder. “A lot of training is still coming up,” she said.
“It’s a great win for Momentum Toyota. It would be great if we can actually have events like this with different sponsors, not for professional artist but for developments.”
About 1300 cyclists across the country participated in the tournament. Engen Group Sponsorship Manager, Brad Bergh, said that he is happy with the support they received in Durban.
“It has been a fantastic day. People in Durban have come to support us as they do every year. At Engen, we are extremely proud to be part of the event and excited to continue our support in the dynamic world of cycling,” he said.
Bergh said that on Sunday they raised R70 000 for the Burns Unit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital based in the Western Cape through their on-going Ride for Red campaign.
“Our fundraising initiatives in cycling have helped contributed more than R400 000 to the plight of young burn victims. We hope that through our involvement in this initiative we will see these young cyclists competing in our Engen Cycle events in the years to come,” he added.