Amashova Races into Durban.
Amashova, the oldest classic cycle race in South Africa, raced into Durban from Pietermaritzburg today. The Amashova race, is broken down into three challenges. The Classic Challenge is 106km and will see the winner taking home R100 000. There is a 65km Half Challenge which starts at Cato Ridge and the Fun Challenge which starts at Hillcrest.
Cyclist Nolan Hoffman, who was a favourite to win made it three wins in four years after successfully defending his Amashova Durban Classic title today.
The 29-year-old from Franschhoek in the Western Cape won in a time of two hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds (2:25.16).
The Team Abantu rider edged out Meron Teshome of MTN-Qhubeka and Ryan Gibbons from Team Europecar SA to clinch South Africa’s oldest race of its kind.Hoffman also won the title last year as well as taking the 2011 title.
The Amashova women’s race was won for by first time winner, teenager Kim le Court as the 18-year-old stormed to her maiden title in a time of 2:58.00.
VeloLife SA teammate Lise Olivier, third in 2011, was second, while Juanita Venter of Team Bestmed finished third.Amashova, a race favored by many cyclists in South Africa is a beautifully scenic and challenging race. Tsogo Sun, the race’s new title sponsor has put the full weight of their prestigious group behind the race. Being the first time that the group has taken on a title sponsorship, the
Amamshova race show serious the potential to grow significantly and bring the world’s attention by appealing to a far wider audience. We believe the partnership is a perfect fit and are excited and privileged to be part of taking Amashova to new heights,” says Neil Fraser, Group Sales Director – Tsogo Sun.
As the race ended on our much loved, Durban’s Golden Mile, it will assist in highlighting Durban and Kwa-Zulu Natal as one of the premium travel destinations in South Africa. The race will show off what the province has to offer, from the green and leafy surroundings inland to the glistening golden shores of Durban.
What Is New In This Year’s Race
As Tsogo Sun has come in as the new title sponsor, racers and spectators experienced a little something different from the Amashova Race 2014. The Classic race (106kms) is now a part of the UCI World cycling tour. This means the race will be recognized as one of the UCI sanctioned races attracting more international racers to the race.
Another draw card for cyclists was the introduction of the Criterium, which is a short race course, which will assist in drawing racers to the event. Yesterday saw the chance for little ones to get in on the Amashova action with the mini Shova, a 1km and 5km race for kids on Durban’s newly completed Snell Parade to Blue Lagoon.
The weather played it’s part in today’s race,and after the storm and winds of yesterday, the Amashova 2014 was a resounding success!
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