The 2010 Cycle Challenge – Britstown to Beaufort Weston March 9, 2010
The 31 dedicated 2010 Cycle Challenge cyclists and their support team hit the road at 04h00 again this morning. Cyclists were geared with their mandatory reflective vests and lights for the first part of the trip before sunrise. The destination is the Northern Cape’s Beaufort West via Victoria West and Three Sisters.
When the cyclists reach Three Sisters, they will be travelling on the N1 freeway so safety is of the utmost importance. The Cycle Challenge has set a precedent with an excellent safety record since the first tour eight years ago and Team Captain Ernest Horn is determined to ensure that this reputation is safeguarded.
Two cyclists who deserve special mention for excelling yesterday are Reiner Stolz and Lean Janse van Rensburg, who received the traditional award of a polka dot cycling top at last night’s team meeting.
Reiner Stolz left Germany and arrived in South Africa on 14 January this year and has demonstrated commitment as he was only able start cycling on the road at this time. Lean Janse van Rensburg also did extremely well yesterday, especially as one of the tour’s youngest riders. He was also selected as today’s domestique.
Today’s trip will total another 260km so it’s another long day on the road for the team!
In closing, I would like to mention on behalf of the team that our thoughts are with the families of the three cyclists who passed away tragically yesterday in Oudtshoorn.