aQuellé Tour Durban
presented by Bridge Fund Managers
by: Tim Whitfield
Cyclocross gives riders a chance to mix it up
Durban – With elements of both a mountain bike as well as road cycling
race to contend with, riders of the 55km cyclocross at 2017 aQuellé Tour
Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Managers, are in for a treat on Sunday,
For the purists, the 55km race on April 30, that starts and finishes at
Moses Mabhida Stadium, is maybe not a genuine cyclocross event, but the
KZN cycling public have taken to the unique nature of the combination
The cyclocross race combines the best of mountain biking and road cycling
and gives riders an interesting mix of tar and dirt as the route is
similar to the aQuelle Tour Durban’s 45km road race but also includes
three 5km offroad sections. The mountain bike sections take riders through
the picturesque sugar cane fields and natural bush between the Umhlanga
River and Umdloti.
“The cyclocross race is more of a hardtail mountain bike race than a true
cyclocross event,” said previous race winner Andrew Hill from Team TIB.
“The guys who try and race it on cyclocross bikes do tend to struggle too
much on the mountain bike sections to be able to be competitive.
“But it does spice things up a bit and make for something a bit different.
“Not only your pure mountain bikers will do it. Most mountain bikers ride
on the tar quite a bit for training and so they quite like an event that
mixes it up a bit.
Hill, who has won the event in 2014, has missed the last two editions of
the event due to other riding commitments, understands the uniqueness of
“The tactics are also interesting. There are a lot more tactics as we go
on and off the tar. It is quite difficult to know when to go hard and when
to sit on a group and ride like a road race.
“I have found that what happens is that riders tend to stay in the group
for the initial 15km tar section until the first dirt track.
“That means there is normally a bigger front group – there are usually
about eight or nine guys who are not normally at the front of the mountain
“That makes things a bit different, but once we get on the dirt sections
the mountain bike riders have enough of an advantage to be able to get
away. Mountain bikers are often a bit stronger on the climbs on the dirt
and can get a decent advantage from that.
“But the racing is still very tight with smaller gaps between riders, so
there is quite a lot more pressure. If you have a small mechanical or
puncture then the other riders behind will come through.
“It is different racing but is a lot of fun,” ended Hill.
The 2017 aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by
Bridge Fund Managers, takes place on Sunday 30 April. More information can
be found at www.tourdurban.co.za
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It is going to be an other
exciting mix of mountain biking and road cycling when Andrew Hill
(pictured) and other riders gear up for the 55km cyclocross race at the
2017 aQuellé Tour Durban on Sunday, 30 April.
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