Friday, 23 March 2018
Flat out, but far from flat. The time trial is the race of truth, just you and your partner against the clock. This could shake up the elite categories, the intensity of the altitude gain and the short day may catch a few of them out. Back in 2010, when the last time trial was held, Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser put a minute gap into their opponents. That could be more over the three, massive climbs on the day. Rondawel is first up after 5km, then Plantation at 13km and the Seven Peaks 22km in. The fun will come with the Bobsled bridge and the singletrack descents of Cool Runnings and Cool Runnings Two.
The time trial, just three days from the end of the race could shake up the dynamics of the race as the cross country stars get to rev up their engines for a rip around Wellington. Except, that they don’t usually ride a time trial after five days of hard racing through the Western Cape.
Robyn de Groot has an excellent record in time trials at the Absa Cape Epic given her Prologue form over the last three years, winning with Ascendis Health teammate Sabine Spitz last year. If Kate Courtney has found her stage race rhythm, then she and Annika Langvad (Investec Songo Specialized) will be in contention.
When Karl Platt discovered the 2018 route would be going through Wellington, he could barely keep the smile off his face. These are his favourite trails in South Africa, which he says he knows like the back of his hand, and he is on the record as saying he is looking forward to the time trial.
These are most picked teams per category for the stage. Click on the team name to show detail.
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