Honeydew-based ProTouch Cycling once again had a strong showing at the Tshwane Cycle Classic, with two of their riders earning Top 5 finishes in their respective races.
The Elite Men’s Race, in which ProTouch’s Myles van Muschenbroek participated, was aggressive from the outset and 15 riders had dislodged themselves by the time the pelleton reached the start of the famous Tom Jenkins ascent near the Union Buildings. The steep climb, which presents itself 10km before the finish, blew the group apart and eventual race winner Dylan Girdlestone led an escape group of four riders over the summit.
Girdlestone managed to gain a small lead and then put the hammer down through the streets of the city centre to stay away until the finish, winning in a time of 2:9:33. He was followed home by Marc Pritzen only six seconds behind, with Casper Kruger rounding off the podium a further 14 seconds back.
Myles wouldn’t be far behind, as he narrowly came in fifth place only six seconds behind Alexander Worsdale who missed out on third place to Kruger by a matter of split seconds. In the Junior Men’s Race ProTouch was represented by Tiano da Silva, and Tiano never strayed far from the leader. Going into the race, Tiano had to gain a podium finish to overtake fellow junior ProTouch rider Rickardo Broxham to the top of the Overall Junior Series competition in the Support SA Talent Road Cycling Series. Tiano did just that, as he grabbed a third place finish only six seconds behind Callum Ormiston who took home second.
City of Tshwane Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga was also on the start line, putting his bicycle through its paces in the 20km ride. “This race is very important to the City,” Msimanga said before starting his ride. “We would like cyclists to feel safe in our city and this event portrays our commitment and strong drive to non-motorised forms of transport.”
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