Hill-Louw team favourites for BSi Steel dusi2c

2014-06-21 00:00

AS has become custom for popular events organised by “Farmer” Glen Haw, the 2014 BSi Steel dusi2c promises to be even better than last year’s first edition. The fully subscribed two-day race will wind its way through the Valley of a Thousand Hills from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Blue Lagoon in Durban today and tomorrow.

With a number of bridges being erected over the last few days, the route has taken shape, however, a late curve ball forced Haw and his crew to make a minor change to the course in the lower Umgeni River region. This won’t have any impact on the cycling treat participants are in for though as they cross over the uMsunduzi and Umgeni rivers countless times on their way to the Indian Ocean over the weekend.

The elite men’s field will be strong with a number of pairs looking to put their hands up for the top step of the podium. The defending champions are back but they are not racing together, which should make for some interesting racing when they set off from Camps Drift.

Instead, this year sees Andrew Hill pairing up with Western Cape rider Adriaan Louw and the two are looking in good form heading into the event. They have been training and riding together a fair amount recently and will head into the race with the favourites tag firmly attached to their names.

Fairview Swift’s Louw has spent a the majority of the last few months in KZN training with Hill and he has become accustomed with the conditions that he can expect when racing gets under way early this morning.

Hill’s victorious partner of 2013, Quattro’s Tyron Bird, will also be back to defend his title this year, however, 2014’s clash sees him teamed up with another local rider, Tim Stark.

The pair have not spent a lot of time riding together but have ridden against each other for a number of years, which they hope will create a good understanding between them.

Stark, who came second in the mixed section in 2013 with Tamryn Taylor, was asked by Bird within a week of the race if he wanted to ride with him and the Pyga Bikes rider jumped at the opportunity to contest for 2014’s overall title.

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