The Coronation Double Century will be the final race of 2016 for the RoadCover Cycling team. This popular event is a 12 person team time trial that takes place in Swellendam in the Western Cape on Saturday the 26th of November.
The race features 12 person teams, and given that the RoadCover Cycling team consists of 6 members, a few additional riders have been invited.
Nic White, who runs the RoadCover Cycling team says of their plans: “Generally the DC is a race where some of the top riders of the country are invited to race in composite teams. We have decided to come as our own team, and bring along some guest riders as well.”
“We feel that we didn’t want to just have riders join our top 6, but rather tell a story, past, present or future.” says White, “so in that case we have some friends joining us. We are really excited to have Louis Meintjes of Lampre Merida ride with us. Louis spent a few of his earlier years in our team, when it was the Toyota CSA Academy.”
Louis spent two seasons racing with the Academy, which is in essence under the same management as the RoadCover team of today. Louis has shown that it is possible to progress to greater heights and is becoming a regular performer at the top level in the world. His top ten finish in this year’s Tour de France with Lampre Merida is testament to that.
The RoadCover team has had some other riders from their past ranks, move into the higher level of the sport, (Ryan Gibbons the most recent) and that is part of what their vision has been. To help riders progress, so that they may reach their aim for a future in the higher level of the sport, while performing to the best of their abilities in the local events in South Africa.
The RoadCover Cycling team has has a good year, with some great results added to their palmares. Willie Smit, Clint Hendricks, Brad Potgieter, Kent Main and Stuart Fitzpatrick will represent the full time team. Gustav Basson is injured and has had to withdraw.
Brendon Davids, the recent winner of the 94.7 Cycle Challenge will also be joining the team for the Coronation Double Century. Davids is a proven top level cross country Mountain biker, and with a string of recent results in some road events, is aiming at transitioning to the road scene.
The team will also include Eddie Van Heerden of the Hollard RCCC u23 team. Eddie recently finished second in the Telkom 94.7 Cycle Challenge. Eddie is a former top u23 Dualthlete. Eddie is due to ride for the RoadCover Cycling team in 2017. Also from the Hollard RCCC u23 team is Jandre Storm, a first year u23 rider who will add to their strength on the flats.
The final guest rider is Rohan Du Plooy of the Lights by Linea team that is based in Cape Town. Rohan has had some great results in 2016, and highlight being the green jersey winner at the recent Tour of Reunion. Du Plooy shares some history as a guest rider and junior with the Toyota CSA Academy.
Nic White, who runs the RoadCover Cycling team, will be the last rider of the group. An ex professional and now age group mountain biker with a Masters category podium position in this year’s ABSA Cape Epic to his name. With the star studded cast of the team, White may be a bit out of his depth, but he must be looking forward to the union on the day with his team and former riders.
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