Willie Engelbrecht’s CTCT record could be equalled on Sunday

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Nolan Hofmann won his fourth CTCT in 2021. Can he make it five? (Photo: Tobias Ginsberg/CTCT)
Nolan Hofmann won his fourth CTCT in 2021. Can he make it five? (Photo: Tobias Ginsberg/CTCT)
  • The pro riders finish by the time most Cape Town Cycle Tour (CTCT) competitors are only starting.
  • Both current CTCT champions will be looking to defend their titles – with one looking to equal a race record.
  • South Africa’s road cycling champion, and some Cape Epic mountain bikers, will be looking to cause and upset or two.

The CTCT returns to its traditional March start, after a period of disruption – and one pro rider has a date with destiny.

A strong pro rider contingent will be vying for honours at the 44th edition of the world’s most renowned mass participation cycling race.

Among the field, there will be multiple champions. With Cape Town’s unpredictable weather conditions and the potential wind issue, the pro riding categories have favourites – but no certainties.

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Kim Le Court De Billot and her Carol Boyes trophy shortly after the 2021 CTCT. (Photo: Tobias Ginsberg/CTCT)

Will Kim hold court for a fouth time?

Kim Le Court De Billot returns as defending women’s champion. Le Court De Billot has three CTCT titles in total and will face significant competition from five-time winner Cherise Williet.

In the women’s category, there will also be strong mountain bikers. Candice Lill was dominant at the Tankwa Trek, showing excellent form, and she will mix it with the lead bunch.

The women’s Elite field catches the rising sun near Smitswinkel Bay. They race 78km instead of 109km. (Chris Hitchcock/CTCT)

History could be made, in the men's race

Nolan Hofmann will be shielded and guided by his Aluwani teammates, a crucial enabler of any successful finish in the CTCT pro category. If Hofmann triumphs, he will equal Willie Engelbrecht’s record of five CTCT wins.

A fifth win for Hofmann isn’t a foregone conclusion. Christiaan and Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg (unrelated) will be strong rivals to Hofmann’s record-equalling ambitions. Reinhardt is one of South Africa’s most experienced road racing pro riders and the current national champion, while Christiaan finished second to Hofmann in last year’s CTCT.

Mountain bikers can produce strong performances at the CTCT, with their climbing ability on the route’s severe inclines.

Nic Dlamini returns to the CTCT and will hope to drop the sprinters as early as Chapman’s Peak. Nic should find help from multiple Cape Epic champion Christoph Sauser and the usual gang of Epic-ready mountain bikers looking for some extra speed.

The men’s and women’s Elite races will be broadcast live on the Cape Town Cycle Tour Facebook page, from 06:00 for the women’s and 06:15 for the men’s.

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