On a cold, windy, rainy day Mauritian-born Kim Le Court De Billot (Efficient Insure Infiniti) crossed the finish line with a bright smile on her face after winning on her third Cape Town Cycle Tour, on Sunday in South Africa.
In 2:08:05 Le Court De Billot won the 78 kilometre women’s event, that started in Fish Hoek, just ahead of former South African road champion Hayley Preen and mountain biker Candice Lill.
The three riders unleashed a torrid attack on the infamous Suikerbossie climb to gap the field before settling in and working together. Le Court De Billot then used her superior sprinting power to add another Cape Town Cycle Tour title to her palmares.
“It was probably my most exciting Cycle Tour yet. I knew, coming into today, that the women’s field was really strong and this Cycle Tour was probably the best one to win,” Le Court De Billot said.
In the men’s race 22 year-old South African road champion Marc Pritzen (Honeycomb) won the 109 kilometre event in 2:37.55, ahead of German cyclocross star Sascha Weber and another mountain bike specialist, HB Kruger.
“Winning this race is the dream,” Pritzen said. “I’ve won many races in South Africa but this is the biggest one! The weather suited me because I like it when it’s wet. So when I woke up this morning I knew that this was my best chance at winning.”
The 44th Cape Town Cycle Tour was Covid-restricted, capping entries at 22,500, with 17,500 riders showing up at the start line despite gloomy conditions.
Complete Women’s 78km race results HERE.
Complete Men’s 109km race results HERE.
PHOTOS: Cape Town Cycle Tour