Saturday, 04 August 2018
As the sun rises on the African plains, so does the dawn of a new race; Race to the Sun. A thousand elite riders gathered at the start of the first event to endure the 100-mile (162-kilometre) journey set out in front of them. The exhilarating route from Hartbeespoort Dam to Sun City Resort caters for the beginner-100-miler and professional riders all competing for the acclaimed prize money of up to a R100,000.00.
Quick out of the block solo riders made their way to Sun City, where teams of two and four followed shortly in their tracks. The first riders approached NG Church Dalunie, which was the first water point of the race at 45-kilometres in. Family and friends cheered them on as they passed through at tremendous speeds.
Captivated with the beautiful surroundings of bushveld, canals, dams and Magaliesberg Mountains as a backdrop, riders endured on towards the halfway mark at 85km, Roodekopjes Dam. At the last spectator point, Bavaria made sure super fans and cyclists were entertained with cheers, Radlers and high-fives all around. The transition point for relay teams saw tired legs, smiling faces and relief to have finished half the distance.
As the second racers of the relay team hit the pedals, determination could be felt in the air. “The second part of the race is definitely the toughest part of Race to the Sun, with double the elevation from the first section. That said, this section boasts bushveld scenery from Pilansberg and, of course, the grand finale at Sun City”, Race director Francois Theron commented. The Specialized water point at 122-kilometres fuelled riders for the remaining 40-kilmetres.
Every rider showed incredible perseverance and a fighting spirit to the end of the race where HB Kruger took the win for the male podium and Vanessa Bell for the female podium.
Today truly was an awe-inspiring experience for both race organizers, Advendurance and participating athletes.
Preliminary results for Race to the Sun 2018:
Overall Podium (Male):
- HB Kruger – 05:05:12
- Jaco Cronje – 05:05:35
- Pieter du Doit -05:06:52
Overall Podium (Female):
- Vanessa Bell – 05:44:10
- Marisa van der Linde – 05:57:30
- Paula Hardy – 06:05:09