Brendon Davids clinched his first Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour road race title today, finishing the 115km event in a time of 02:45:30 and beating Reynard Butler and Thando Zothe by more than a minute. In a sprint finish Butler (02:47:19 ) beat Zothe (02:47:20) by just a split second.
Davids, who rides for Team Road Cover, said he was happy to get his first win as a road rider at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.
“The team was incredible,” said Davids. “We only came here with three of our core riders and a new rider so we were a little bit underpowered with some riders overseas, some riders sick, but I think we made the most of the opportunity. The team executed the plan really well, and hats off to the guys, they put me in the best position possible. We attacked around 65km from the finish and I managed to do a sort of a solo time trial to the finish. I’m happy I managed to get the win, with my team mate Bradley (Potgieter) taking the King of the Mountain. Management was perfect, the team was awesome.”
Carmen Buchacher also took her first ever win in the event, beating Candice Lill by 6 seconds in a time of 2:55:46. Defending ladies champion Anriette Schoeman was third (2:57:46).
In the previous three years Buchacher has placed third twice and was second last year. “So I’ve worked my way up,” she says. “I always love being here for the Oyster Festival. I always do the mountain bike race first on the Saturday but yesterday I didn’t have the best legs and was only placed fourth so I think this made up for it today.”
Describing her race, Buchacher said: “The surges are always hard but I felt fantastic on the climbs which I think in the end helped me get away. It was important for me to stay safe – I haven’t been on a road bike for about 8 or 9 weeks so it did feel a bit dodgy – but I’m obviously very happy.”
Young hand cyclist Zach Rauch Legward managed to fulfil his goal to be the youngest differently-abled competitor to complete the 50km road race. He finished the race looking fresh, just as the rain started to fall.
Zach has been cycling for the last three years on a custom-built hand cycle and is the youngest hand cyclist in South Africa. He has won Gold in the Outeniqua Wheel Chair Challenge three times, has ridden Cape Town Cycle Tour Junior twice and recently did the The Gun Run.
Zach and his support team, headed up by dad Geoff Legward, started training for the Knysna Cycle Tour four months ago, riding a distance of 13 km every second day, which Zach completes in about 60 min at an average speed of 15 km.
Marketing Director of the Knysna Cycle Tour, Andrew Finn said that he was extremely happy with the weekend’s events considering the fact that it was just one month since the devastating Knysna fires started.
“We are grateful to the thousands of cyclists who made the trip to Knysna to support the Cycle Tour and our campaign #RideForALocal,” said Finn. “We had great weather yesterday for the mountain bike races and managed to stave off the rain today until the bulk of the field was home. Our other events, the SPUR Children’s Fun Rides and the Forest Family Dam Ride also went off smoothly and were well supported.”
All the results from the weekend’s events are available at oyster.events. The Knysna Oyster Festival continues until 16 July. Visit www.oysterfestival.co.za for the full programme.