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Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic 2014 Finishes in Style!


Defending Champion Nolan Hoffman from Team Abantu was the first man home in the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic today (October 12).

Nolan Hoffamn celebrates his win in the 2014 Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic
Nolan Hoffamn celebrates his win in the 2014 Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic

Hoffman, who hails from Franschhoek, crossed the finish line in just 02:25:16 after setting off with a field of just under 12 000 riders from the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 06h45.

The first woman to complete the gruelling 106km race was Kim Le Court from Velo Life Time Freight in a time of 02:58:00.

Mike Dowsley, Executive Director of Suncoast Casino, Hotels & Entertainment with Lise Olivier (2nd), Kim Le Court (1st),  eThekwini Mayor, Councillor James Nxumalo, Juanita Venter (3rd) and in 4th place Charlene Roux.
Mike Dowsley, Executive Director of Suncoast Casino, Hotels & Entertainment with Lise Olivier (2nd), Kim Le Court (1st), eThekwini Mayor, Councillor James Nxumalo, Juanita Venter (3rd) and in 4th place Charlene Roux.

Hoffman, who has now won the Tsogo Sun Amashova three years in a row, said that he was very proud of his team’s efforts. “I am happy to have pulled off the win again and it shows that doing our homework worked in our favour. We also kept our cool along the route and it came down to the last 500m where we had to act fast and of course my instinct kicked into use all I had to sprint to the finish” he added.

Hoffman’s past wins include:

  • U/23 SA Road Champion 2007
  • 2007 1st Lost City Classic, 1st Telkom Satellite & 1st OFM Classic
  • 2008 1st Dome 2 Dome Classic, 1st Stage 9 Tour of Korea
  • 2009 1st Stage 1 Tour of Korea, 3rd Argus Cycle Tour
  • 2012/2013 Amashova Durban Cycle Classic
  • 2014 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour

Then in the Ladies Elite Category, Kim Le Court (18) from Mauritius took first place and was very excited being that is was her first big win. “I found this race very challenging and am very grateful to my team for providing me the assistance on the route,” she said.

The 2014 winners of the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic are Nolan Hoffman and Kim Le Court
The 2014 winners of the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic are Nolan Hoffman and Kim Le Court

In its 28th year, the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic is not only the oldest classic cycle race in South Africa but also one of the premier cycling events in KwaZulu-Natal. Race organiser, Right On the Night, prides itself on the fact that this is regarded as one of the safest events on the South African cycling calendar.

Mike Dowsley, Executive Director of Suncoast Casino, Hotels & Entertainment, Nolan Hoffman the 2014 Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Cycle Classic Winner, and eThekwini Mayor, Councillor James Nxumalo
Mike Dowsley, Executive Director of Suncoast Casino, Hotels & Entertainment, Nolan Hoffman the 2014 Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Cycle Classic Winner, and eThekwini Mayor, Councillor James Nxumalo

Annie Batchelder, who heads up Right On the Night, said that this year’s Amashova introduced a number of important firsts. Top of this list was the addition of Tsogo Sun as the event’s title sponsor. Secondly, 2014 was the first year that the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic was included in the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) world cycling tour which determines world rankings.

New features introduced this year included corporate challenges, a hosting village at the finish line at Suncoast and a timed criterium lap race which unfortunately didn’t take place yesterday (October 11) due to inclement weather. The 1km and 5km mini shova presented by Spur for children was also re-introduced this year with hundreds of entrants.

Batchelder thanked all who had contributed towards making the 2014 Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic the huge success that it was.

The final results are as follows:

Men’s Elite:

  • Nolan Hoffman (02:25:16)
  • Meron Teshome Hagos (02:25:16)
  • Ryan Gibbons (02:25:17)
  • Herman Fouche (02:25:17)
  • Calvin Beneke (02:25:17)

Junior Men (U16):

  • Ruben Pearson (02:47:35)
  • Ryan Harris (03:06:46)
  • Emri Vorster (03:06:46)

Junior U23 Men:

  • Meron Teshome Hagos (02:25:16)
  • Ryan Gibbons (02:25:17)
  • Calvin Beneke (02:25:17)

Vets Men 30 – 39:

  • Franco Ferreira (02:42:05)
  • Shaun Mackenzie (02:43:00)
  • Quintin Myburgh (02:44:08)

Vets Men 40– 49:

  • Stefano Madies (02:42:11)
  • Johann Naude (02:42:12)
  • Buzz Neveling (02:42:17)

Vets Men 50-59:

  • Paul Kraus (02:44:01)
  • Jorge Faria (02:44:01)
  • Jackie Van Eeden (02:44:01)

Ladies Elite:

  • Kim Le Court (Velo Life Time Freight) (02:58:00)
  • Lise Olivier (Velo Life Time Freight) (02:59:50)
  • Juanita Venter (03:03:12)
  • Charlene Roux (03:06:10)
  • Greer Wynn (03:06:11)

Tandem:

  • Casper Kruger and Andre Van Bavel (02:48:08)
  • Darrell Seed and David Duke (02:48:09)
  • Mike Rook and Darren Park (03:05:24)

Tandem mixed:

  • Jana Schoeman and Grant Shepherd (02:48:09)
  • Heather Watson and AC Swanepoel (02:48:11)
  • David Pieterse and Lynette Burger (02:57:16)

 

For further information and results, please log on to www.racetec.co.za or go to www.shova.co.za  or call the Shova organisers during working hours on 031 312 8896.


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