aQuellé Tour Durban
presented by Bridge Fund Managers
Tour Durban win will be a tough task for Davids
Durban - In just a few months since being a contender for the South Africa
Olympic mountain biking team, Brendon Davids has carved a name for himself
as one of the country’s top road cyclists – but even he admits he has a
massive challenge ahead of him at the 2017 aQuellé Tour Durban, presented
by Bridge Fund Managers, on Sunday 30 April.
After the disappointment of missing out on selection for the Rio Olympics
in 2016, Davids fast-tracked his decision to one day become a road
cyclist. He dusted off his road bike and immediately confirmed his
decision with a surprise win at the 94.7 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg
late last year.
A second overall and a stage win while playing the domestique role for
RoadCover teammate and race winner Willie Smit in the Mpumalanga Tour
earlier this year, combined with a win in the two-day KZN Summer Series
last month, means Davids has cemented his credentials as a genuine race
winner on the tar.
Davids and Smit are teaming up for the Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike
race which starts in Heidelberg and finishes in Scottburgh the day before
the popular Durban Classic.
With nine days of tough riding in his legs, Davids must at best be
considered an outsider for the win.
“It will be tough for Willie and I as we will be coming off the joBerg2c,”
said Davids earlier this week. “We are mostly using the joBerg2c and Tour
Durban as a big block of training for races later on in the year. We are
both planning to go to Europe and have some big races in June.
“BCX will be the team to beat at Tour Durban I think. They are likely to
have a full team taking part and so we will be outnumbered … and we don’t
know how Willie and I will feel. I normally come off stage races strong,
so it may be good, but we are going to have to race aggressively and see
how it works out.
“Team BCX will have strength in numbers and have a very good team for
flat, fast races. We will probably have a reduced team of four riders, but
we will probably see if we can put somebody in a break up the road, or see
if we can set up last year’s winner, Brad Potgieter.
“The Tour quite often ends with a break getting away in the last 20km or
so on the way back from Ballito – last year about 20 guys went up the road
and stayed away, so we will see what happens.
“I was fourth last year as an individual with Brad Potgieter, who is now
my RoadCover teammate, taking the win, so I think we have a good chance.
“BCX have Nolan Hoffman and if he is closed down they have David Maree or
Rynard Butler who are all quick sprinters and suited to this race.”
Although well known as a race winner on a mountain bike, Davids is also
going to have to do some adapting to get himself ready for the joBerg2c.
Having not touched a mountain bike since November last year he will be
using the opening few days to get used to the fat tyres, although he is
planning to defend his Compendium Hill 2 Hill title the weekend before the
start in Heidelberg.
But Smit should be even more concerned. He has never raced a major
mountain bike event but according to Davids, his partner has a massively
big engine and on the flat fast stages of the joBerg2c could be in the mix
for some glory.
The aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Bridge Fund Managers will once again
consist of a 105km classic road race, a 45km Fun Ride and the popular 55km
Cyclocross that blends road racing with mountain biking.
Crucially, the 105km race will serve as an early qualifier for the 2018
Cape Town Cycle Tour, offering ardent road racers a chance to secure their
qualification for next year’s event in the Western Cape.
The 2017 aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by
Bridge Fund manager, takes place on Sunday 30 April. More information can
be found at www.tourdurban.co.za
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After racing alone in 2016,
RoadCover's Brendon Davids will have the luxury of team-mates at the 2017
aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Managers, on Sunday 30
will probably see if we can put somebody in a break up the road, or see if
we can set up last year’s winner, Brad Potgieter (pictured)." These were
the words of Brendon Davids who hopes that either he or a RoadCover
team-mate can come out on top at the 2017 aQuellé Tour Durban, presented
by Bridge Fun Managers, on 30 April.
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