The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge will welcome two of the country’s superstars to the starting line with Daryl Impey and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio featuring at the annual event.
The 2018 edition of the iconic road race has been given a shake-up with the route being reversed.
Impey, who is the first South African to wear the yellow leader’s jersey at the Tour de France, said he would be taking the race out hard as he looks to successfully defend his title.
“It’s always hard when you are by yourself with no teammates around you, but I love this race,” Impey said.
“I think that reversing the route is a great idea. It’s good to shake things up and I think you will see that in the racing on Sunday.
“I think the opening few climbs will be fun, and then the bumps along Jan Smuts could play a part in how the race unfolds. The last 10km will be very fast. I’m looking forward to it.”
Impey can expect a challenge from Dylan Girdlestone, who won the recent Tswane Classic and 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour champion Nolan Hoffman.
Moolman-Pasio will return to the race but will be defending her title as she will be riding for charity with Joel Stransky.
The women’s race will not have UCI ranking this year which will open the door for local female riders to chase for the title in the absence of a strong international contingent.
The opening kilometres of the Cycle Challenge could see some explosive racing as riders seek to take advantage of the sharp climbs through Steyn City.
With the pace expected to be really fast on the second half of the race on the M1 and in the final 10km, fortune could favour the brave who manage to break away from the bunch.