Unbanned Hoffman repays captain’s faith

2011-05-07 00:00

NOLAN Hoffman pulled off one of the biggest wins of his professional cycling career when he won the Pro-Elite 125 km aQuelle Tour Durban Cycle Classic last weekend, capping an extraordinary week of success both on the road and on the track.

The 26-year-old Capetonian had plenty to celebrate with his Tasol-GT team-mates in a comeback after a ban that sidelined him for 18 months. Tasol-GT team captain Dean Edwards showed faith in Hoffman when he signed him up for the Durban-based professional team and Hoffman has wasted no time in repaying the favour.

Hoffman had to employ some clever tactical manoeuvres to close down Brown’s efforts to pass him over the final 250 m to the finish line as he took the 2011 title in 2:23:57 with the Day brothers, Tyler (Bonitas) and Dusty (Matlosana), third and fourth,

The 105 km race from Durban to Umdloti ended with William James taking the honours in a time of 2:39 followed by Brad Venter (2:40:24) and Athol Dand, in the 60+ category, taking an impressive third place overall (2:40:30).

Cherise Taylor (Team USN) won the women’s Elite race in 2:41:15 from the experienced Anriette Schoeman (Nashua Toyota) and veteran Marrisa van der Merwe (USN).

The 45 km race was won by Brandon Wessels (1:13:06) while Andri Coetzee claimed the women’s win (1:20:24).

Full results available at www.mrpriceheroes.co.za

Who will win the

joBerg2c today?

The Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c reaches its final day in Scottburgh today after nine days of racing from the goldfields to the sugarcane fields. Team RE:CM team-mates Waylon Woolcock and Neil MacDonald look set to take the victory, having dominated the early stages.

However, with the last three days taking in the same route as the sani2c, this may suit the chasing pair of Brandon Stewart and Darren Lill of the Fedgroup Berg and Bush team who are in hot pursuit. Other contenders are David Morison and Stuart Marais (Blend Properties) and Shaun Peschl with partner Brett Dickson (Marshall World of Sport). Sadly for MTN-DoItNow’s Rwandan star Adrien Niyonshuti, he crashed on stage four resulting in a knee injury which has hampered his hopes of a top podium position with partner Max Knox.

In the women’s section Team bizhub’s Ischen Stopforth and her British partner, Catherine Williamson, look set to take the honours ahead of Team Develop’s Yolandi du Toit and her Mauritian partner, Aurélie Halbwachs.

Erik and Ariane Kleinhans of Fairbairn Capital continue to dominate the mixed category with Johan Labuschagne and Yolande de Villiers of Cycle Lab KTM chasing hard

Full stage results, pics and reports on www.joberg2c.co.za


Cyclist are encouraged to support the next event in the KZN Lassen Series which takes place on May 15 on the Camperdown circuit. The organisers may have to cancel the event if there are insufficient entries to cover the running costs. Entries must be submitted on www.mrpricesport.co.za. Closing date is Wednesday, May 11. For further info, call Michelle Matthews at 084 407 5566


The Stark Ayres Greytown MTB Classic takes place this weekend and offers mountain bikers two days of great riding in the Greytown area. Today’s events include a 50 km at 9 am, followed by a 30 km, a 10km and a three kilometre at 9.30 pm, both of which are repeated at 2.30 pm. More at www.roag.co.za.





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