THE Herald VW Cycle Tour organisers have made a minor adjustmentto the 106km Classic route following a request from Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, which runs the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour.
South Africa's second oldest national classic, taking place in Port Elizabeth on February 3, is an official premier seeding event of the Cape tour. As such, race director Tony Cooney said they would bypass the challenging 1km Slanghoogte climb to bring the course in line with similar seeding events. "Although this ascent would have added a new dimension ... upfront, the event is also about the less competitive rider."
The change would still see riders proceed along the old Seaview Road and through the hamlet. "Climbing out of Seaview, they will now continue on the main road to Colleen Glen instead of turning onto the secondary road, which effectively cuts out the 1km Slanghoogte climb."