24 Jul 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JUL (NAMPA) The third edition of the revamped Tour de Windhoek was launched here on Wednesday, with a number of international riders expected to take part in the competition.
The tour, which serves as a perfect platform for local riders to experience the thrill of professional cycling, will be held from 20 to 22 September 2019.
The race, separated into five stages, will this year again see riders covering 400 kilometres (km) over the three days, with distances varying from 107km for Dordabis to 23km in the time trials.
Speaking at the launch, Mannie Heymans from race organiser Lema Events said this year they have changed the team time trial from its normal Döbra route to the Tony Rust Race Track.
We know South African teams come here with all their best equipment and win the event easily, but this year the time trial will be difficult for them to win as we have made the playing ground level. The team with the best bike handling will bring in the result, he said.
Heyman added that the Tour de Windhoek will also see the best riders in the various categories walking away with great prizes, including event jerseys for the King of the Mountain, best sprinter, best young rider and the winning team as well as the acclaimed Yellow Jersey, which is awarded to the rider that tops the general classification having completed all stages in the shortest time.
Prize money of N.dollars 136 000 will be shared amongst the winners.
Since its return in 2017, South African have riders dominated the tour. Steven van Heerden of Team BCX won the general classification of the revamped edition in 2017, while his teammate Nolan Hoffman took the crown in 2018. Their team, BCX, won the team classification both years.