aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Bridge Fund Managers Media Release

 No: td1911

26 April 2019

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Written by: Dave Macleod


Big guns surface for Tour Durban showdown

Durban – Another big field of cycling enthusiasts will take to the roads of Durban on Sunday 28 April at the 26th edition of the aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Bridge Fund Managers, with a number of big guns surfacing in late entries to spice up the elite challenge for the prestigious classic title.

Three-time winner Nolan Hoffman, winner of the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour and a legend of the South African track racing scene, will be back for another crack at the title in the Team Enza colours.

The Bolander, who turned 34 on Tuesday, last won the Tour Durban title in 2013, and more importantly he has been the general behind many of the dominant team performances here in the past decade.

"The Hoff" comes to Durban with a team that includes experienced cool-heads in David Maree and Steven van Heerden.

He will have to square up to the defending Tour Durban champion Gustav Basson (TEG Pro Cycling) who returns with his team mate Jason Oosthuisen to try and repeat their one-two of 2018.

Add to that mix the class of riders like Barzani's Tyler and Dusty Day, Dylan Girdlestone and Marc Pritzen (OfficeGuru Racing), the racing at the front will live up to the status of this Durban classic.

In a twist, some of the regular campaigners on the domestic circuit will be absent, thanks to a curious clash on the calendar with a road race in Gauteng, leaving the door wide open for the loyal supporters of the Durban event to attack the podium places.

Local fans of the Tour Durban were gearing up to rally behind Kloof youngster Tiffany Keep, whop after a storming solo second last year and an equally impressive third in the recent Cape Town Cycle Tour, was really looking forward to the race.

She has returned from a MTB XCO racing in Namibia in good form, only to fall badly, needing stitches to repair the damage and reluctantly forcing her to withdraw from her hometown major road race.

The big day on the Durban sporting calendar will see another huge field take on the 55km race that includes 15km of MTB off-road racing through the sugar cane plantations inland of the M4, while the well supported 45km Fun Ride up-and-back the M4 to Mdlodti and back to the start and finish venue at the Moses Mabhida stadium always attracts a big field.

This race will include the hand-cyclists, now formally recognised as a separate class by the race, and in a new initiative, race sponsor Bridge Fund managers pay the entry fee for e3very hand-cyclist who enters the race.

Many of those riders will opt to ride for one of the five official race charities, the Domino Foundation, the CHOC Cows, iThemba Lethu, iCare or Focus on iThemba, enjoying the right to a preferential place in charity batches in the 100km and 45km races.

The Domino Foundation is closely tied to the race and has been the recipient of proceeds from the race for many years, helping to fund its seven education, nutrition, healthcare, environmental and anti-human-trafficking initiatives, much of it centred on the Amaoti area north of Durban.

The Cows ride in their distinctive black-and-white cowprint cycling kit to raise money for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation, and this year they have extended their involvement to include a group that will ride the 100km race and them join the back of the 45km ride to help the slower riders on their lap in the M4 freeway.

The day will conclude with a Kids Fun Ride around the Moses Mabhida Peoples Park, starting at 10:30am, with registration at the Domino Foundation and CHOC Cows gazebos. Entry is free and youngster will get cold aQuellé drinks, ice creams from Hubertos and medals.

Late entries form the three races will still be taken at Cycle Lab Cornubia on Friday and Saturday.

PREVIOUS WINNERS
2018 Gustav Basson, Kim le Court
2017 Clint Hendricks,
An-Li Kachelhoffer
2016 Bradley Potgieter, Lise Olivier
2015 Ryan Gibbons, Cherise Stander
2014 Reynard Butler, Lise Olivier
2013 Nolan Hoffman, Lynette Burger

ROAD CLOSURES
Masabalala Yengwa (NMR): 05h30 -14h30
Margaret Mncadi Ave: 05h30-08h00
M4 South: 05h30-08h30
M7 Edwin Swales & M19 to Pinetown: 06h00-09h30
M19 Pinetown to Umgeni Road: 06h15-10h00
Inanda Road (Springfield Park): 06h30-10h15
Riverside Road: 06h30-10h30
M4 North & South bound from Argyle Road to Umdloti: 06h30-14h00

Race Routes
100 KM

The race starts on Masabalala Yengwa Ave (NMR) outside the Moses Mabhida Stadium People’s Park proceeding south upon the north bound carriage way (contra flow). Participants will exit upon Sandile Thusi Road (Argyle) and turn left toward the M4 where participants will enter the Ruth First M4 south bound (contra flow) and proceed north taking the Fairway/Broadway onramp and returning on the Ruth First M4 northbound (contra flow). Participants will exit the Ruth First M4 at Isaiah Ntshangase Road and left upon Masabalala Yengwa Avenue in the south bound carriage. Participants will flick over from the south bound of Masabalala Yengwa Avenue to Samora Machel (contraflow) at the intersection of KE Masinga Road, where they will continue south crossing over AB Xuma and Monty Naicker Streets, right upon Margaret Mncadi Avenue west bound. and onto the M4 South. Exit onto Solomon Mahlangu Drive (Edwin Swales) and head west up the M7. The 12 km climb takes you to the 1st water table as you approach Pinetown. After a short climb out of Pinetown, riders descend down the fast M19. Please take care and be aware of other riders on this descent. At the bottom of the M19, riders turn left over the Umgeni River and turn right into Inanda Road. The route then crosses over Chris Hani Road (North Coast Road) into Riverside Road following a scenic route alongside the Umgeni River. The route then takes to the M4 North passing Umhlanga where there will be a water table and on to Umdloti where riders do a U-turn and head back South on the M4 to Durban. After crossing the Blue Lagoon bridge, continue south on the M4 for approximately 2.5 km before turning into a right turn into Sandile Thusi (Argyle Road) and then a right again onto Masabala Yengwa (NMR) for the final dash for the finish line.

45 KM FUN RIDE
An out and back route starting at the Moses Mabhida Stadium taking cyclist along the northern coastline of Durban along the M4 North. After passing through Umhlanga and Sibaya, they then turn at the Umdloti and head southbound along the M4 to Durban and the finish line back at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

55 KM CYCLOCROSS
The 55km Cyclocross starts at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and follows the same route as the aQuellé Tour Durban 45km race with one 15km off-road section that takes you off the M4 at Sibaya Circle before joining back up with the M4 just before the Umdloti bridge.

The aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Managers, takes place on Sunday 28 April 2019. More information can be found at www.tourdurban.co.za 

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Gustav Basson powers clear to win the aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Managers last year. He will be back with team mate Jason Oosthuisen to try and repeat their impressive one-two.

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2018 champ Gustav Basson will be back to defend his title at the aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Managers.

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Nolan Hoffman has won the aQuellé Tour Durban three times in succession, and returns for another crack at the title a few days after his 34th birthday.

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Tiffany Keep (right) was forced to withdraw from this year's aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Managers after a serious crash in training.

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An extra three kilometres has been added to the 100km race the aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Bridge Fund Managers on 28 April 2019 to bring the total race distance up to 100km. The start lap will now turn at Swapo Road (formerly Broadway).

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MTB enthusiasts can look forward to some fun single track on the 55km cyclocross race at the aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Managers.

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Bridge Fund Managers has paid the entry fees for all the hand- cyclists taking part in the aQuellé Tour Durban, including former Sharks winger Cedric Mkhize.

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Another massive field has entered the 45km Fun Ride at the aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Managers, eager top enjoy the full road closure on the M4 freway.

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Coming and Going. Riders cross the Mdloti bridge during the aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Managers.

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 Route map for the aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Bridge Fund Managers 100km classic

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