Fullard and Erlank a cut above the rest as PowerAde Dome2Dome Cycling Spectacular revolutionises cycling scene in SA
Johannesburg, Thursday, 22 September 2005 – The PowerAde Dome2Dome Cycling Spectacular entrenched its date as a ‘must ride‘ event on the national cycling calendar, with over 2500 cycling enthusiasts taking part in the various cycling-friendly events in and around the Ticketpro Dome, Northgate on September 17-18.
While Konica Minolta cashed in on the 171km road race honours with Jacques Fullard crossing the finish line in 4 hours 15,27 minutes, followed by team-mates James Perry and George Schoonraad, Anke Erlank reigned supreme in the women‘s 102km road event, winning in 2:56,00, followed by Yolande du Toit in 3:00,30.
“Fullard, had been running into top gear from a form perspective during the weeks leading up to the event, and described himself as a ‘marked man‘ during the first half of the race.
“I knew the other professional team riders were keeping a close eye on me, but I must thank my Minolta team-mates for their efforts, which allowed us to do so well in the top positions on the day,” said Fullard after the race.
Kermesse action took the Ticketpro Dome‘s parking area by storm on Saturday, September 17, with Microsoft professional rider Malcolm Lange showing that he still has the speed to come out trumps, as he took line honours in the 35 minutes plus one lap criterium, which allowed him to start Sunday‘s 171km road stage in the PowerAde Dome2Dome Cycling Spectacular leader‘s yellow jersey.
Event organiser Leandro le Roux, who is also the man in-charge of the LG XPO and Xtreme Sport Show (involving trial mounting biking and freestyle bmx) to be held at the Ticketpro Dome, Northgate from November 4-6, said that last minute ‘bird breeding‘ environmental hitches with regard to the mountain bike route, led to the course being shortened by 9km, but assured riders that next year‘s event will include a flat last 20km with partial road closure.
“Those pioneers of the inaugural PowerAde Dome2Dome Cycling Spectacular now have a good idea of what to expect next year,” said Le Roux adding that the road closure has ensured that the 2006 race route will not take riders via the informal settlement on Beyers Naude Drive – a touchy issue at this year‘s race.
Le Roux added that work has already begun towards next year‘s event to be held on the same weekend on the calendar, and with bigger prize money, and even more testing obstacle set to challenge the mountain bikers in particular, cyclists can look forward to some more fun in the sun.
Jenifer Lewis, Marketing assets sports manager for Coca-Cola South Africa, described the inaugural PowerAde Dome2Dome Cycling Spectacular as the beginning of a major success story in SA cycling and thanked all of the 2500-odd entrants for road race, kermes and mountain bike events for showing their passion towards the new event on the local cycling calendar.