Following a highly successful trial run in 2018, the 2019 edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour will once again feature a Women’s Elite Invitational start group. All elite and U23 women who have been seeded into the % start group for Sunday, 10 March, will have the option to start at Recreation Road in Fish Hoek. The start time for the Invitational will be at 06:00 – light permitting – and the distance is 78km. This will ensure a clear run all the way to the finish without traffic from any of the men’s groups.
Kim Le Court (Demacon MaxWax Racing) – who won the 2018 women’s race – was full of praise for the pioneering format following her win last year. “It was great for the women to have their own race – it made for positive racing and team tactics were crucial,” she said.
“I think we showed that we deserved to have our own race” she said. “This ensured a clear run all the way to the finish and it was epic.”
As in 2018 the prize monies and title for the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour will be awarded to the winner of this start group. The U23 category title will also be awarded to a participant from this group. For the sake of clarity, should an U23 rider win the event, they will receive both the overall winners title as well as the U23 title.
All other women’s age category awards will go to those participants in the traditional 109km Cape Town Cycle Tour.