TOUR OF LIMPOPO – RACE PREVIEW

THE TOUR DE LIMPOPO

Nineteen domestic and international cycling teams will be lining up in Limpopo on Wednesday 15 May, in the 2019 edition of the Tour de Limpopo, a four-day UCI Africa Tour 2.2 stage race. The race will start in Bela Bela on Wednesday and will then pass through Polokwane, heading east to Tzaneen and on to Modjadjiskloof, before heading back to Polokwane on 18 May to finish at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The inaugural Tour De Limpopo in 2018 was a great success and the teams and fans had a brilliant taste of the beauty and diversity of the Limpopo Province.  The Tour plays an important part in the Limpopo Province’s goal to establish Limpopo as a premier cycling destination.  What is really encouraging is that the organisers, Cycling SA & the Limpopo Tourism Board, also aim to build a lasting & sustainable impact on the local communities and cycling development in general. To increase local involvement, there are school competitions, a cycle challenge up Mount Agatha and a  “best host municipality” award coinciding with the Tour.

This year the race again has an international feel to it, with more than 18 different nationalities being represented, in the teams from 9 different countries. What makes the race really appealing to the international teams off course are the opportunity to grab some UCI points. They will however have their work cut out against some of SA’s best local teams. Last year Gustav Basson of Team ProTouch beat compatriot Jayde Julius to the overall GC title and on the back of winning the 100 Cycle Challenge last week in Ekhuruleni,  Jayde will undoubtably be a very strong contender this year.

Some of the other big name teams who will be lining up on the start line in Bela Bela, are the Dimension Data Continental Team, Team NCCS Namibia, Officeguru Racing, TEG Continental and Benediction Cycling Team from Rwanda.

As exciting as it would be to see these well-known teams battling it out, the growth and inclusion of cycling in SA is also high on the agenda for the race organisers and its brilliant to see local teams such as Sampada Cycling, Proud Beginners, Kinetic Cycling, Velokhaya Transnet Randwater and Team Limpopo Province all lining up. These teams are definitely not just there to make up the numbers and you can expect to see some fireworks from them! With a great recent result in the Tour of Durban we are sure that Sampada would be eyeing a Top 10 GC and even some podiums along the way.

The 2019 Tour de Limpopo will be available to view on live streaming on race days and will go live approximately 90 minutes after the day’s start. Live streaming can be viewed at the event website or here: http://www.streamit360.tv/#796-1202 

Photocredits: Hayden Brown & Tour de Limpopo

Race information

Full details on https://www.tourdelimpopo.co.za

15 May 2019 – Bela Bela to Polokwane – 172km with 1353m elevation gain

4 x sprint hotspots and finish sprint time bonus
1 x king of the mountains hotspot

16 May 2019 –  Polokwane to Tzaneen – 96km with 1381m elevation gain.

1 x sprint Hotspot
1 x King of the mountains hotspot

17 May 2019 – Tzaneen – Modjajieskloof – Tarantaal – Coachmans Climb (Mt Agatha) – 101km with 1973m elevation gain

2 x KOM (Hillclimb finish) – double points for King of the Mountain

18 May 2019 – Tzaneen – Polokwane – 116km with 600m with 1976m elevation gain

1 x sprint Hotspot
1 x King of the mountains hotspot