aQuellé Tour Durban
presented by Bridge Fund Managers
by: Tim Whitfield
Bezuidenhout lining up against elites at 2017 Tour Durban
Durban - In 2016 Lauren Bezuidenhout surprisingly produced the fastest
women’s time at the aQuellé Tour Durban despite not being a member of the
elite women's batch at the race and will be back to compete again this
weekend for the 2017 installment.
The 27-year-old from Queensburgh enjoyed what can only be termed a stellar
year on the bike, finishing the aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge
Fund Managers, in a time of 2.51.25 and the Amashova in 2.48.47, faster
than both Lise Olivier and An-Li Kachelhoffer, whose respective winning
times were 2.54.59 and 2.57.28.
Despite having the fastest time on the day, Bezuidenhout explains why she
was not crowned the winner.
“I was not seeded in the elite women’s batch,” said the former South
African team swimmer and underwater hockey player. “It is so easy to do a
faster time when you are not in the seeded women’s batch. If you are
riding in one of the other seeded batches with men then you can just sit
in the bunch and hang on for as long as possible and they will pull you
This year Bezuidenhout will be able to mix it with the top elites with the
knowledge that if she is once more fastest she will earn the plaudits and
prizes for winning, but she is not expecting too much and modestly says
she has no chance of another fastest time this year which will count as an
“I am just riding with the elites this time to see how it goes and because
my friends said I should see how well I can do.
“My goal is just to hang in with the fastest girls as long as I can. I
have never raced with the elite ladies so it will be a learning
experience. I just want to have a good time and learn.”
Bezuidenhout has only been riding for a very short time so she openly
admits she is still on a learning curve.
“About this time two year ago I hopped on a bike and started cycling with
some people who have now become good friends.
“From the beginning of last year I started training seriously, going from
riding about twice a week to about five times.”
The results speak for themselves and it seems likely she has the talent to
at least mix it with the best women, but Bezuidenhout refuses to be drawn
into speculating about a future as a cyclists.
“I’m not too sure about how well I can do in cycling yet. Some people I
ride with and my friends think I may have the ability, but I am not too
sure how I will race against the elite women.
“I am just cycling because I enjoy cycling. I love it. I just love to wake
up and ride. It is just pure enjoyment for me and the cycling community is
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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Having registered the fastest
time in the ladies race in 2016, Lauren Bezuidenhout will now line up in
the elite women's batch for the first time at the 2017 aQuellé Tour
Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Managers, on Sunday, 30 April.
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