4,000 cyclists tackle 2023 Amashova Durban Classic Race

Thousands of cyclists took part in wet and windy conditions at one of South Africa’s premier cycling events, part of the Gran Fondo World Tour series

4,000 cyclists tackle 2023 Amashova Durban Classic Race

The Amashova received over 4000 entries for the 2023 race. Cyclists of all skill levels, from amateurs to seasoned professionals, tested their mettle on the challenging course, in very wet and windy conditions along most of the route.  The weather did not deter cyclists’ enthusiasm, and riders crossed the finish line with beaming smiles and high spirits!

The race was marked by fierce competition, with top riders pushing their limits of endurance and sportsmanship.

It was a very close sprint finish for men’s elite riders, with Rohan Du Plooy emerging as the men’s champion in a time of  2h 20m 24s, ajust ahead of Jaedon Terlouw in second and Gustav Basson in thirds. Jo van de Winkel won the women’s elite category with Carla Oberholzer taking a close second place.

Photo: Elite Men’s winners : Gustav Basson (3rd) Rohan du Plooy (1st) and Jaedon Terlouw (2nd)

Photo: Elite Men’s winners : Gustav Basson (3rd) Rohan du Plooy (1st) and Jaedon Terlouw (2nd)

In addition to the elite categories, the Amashova Durban Classic Race also celebrated the spirit of community and inclusivity. The event featured a range of categories and age groups, ensuring that riders of all backgrounds could participate and experience the thrill of competitive cycling.

Men’s overall elite winner Rohan Du Plooy said it was a hard day out on the road with the challenging weather conditions, “To win the Amashova, the oldest classic road cycling race in the country, is every cyclist’s dream, and certainly a big achievement for me.” 29-year old Du Plooy previously placed second in the Amashova, taking the overall win this year.

“We are thrilled to see such a remarkable turnout for the 2023 Amashova Durban Classic Race! The event has once again brought together a diverse group of riders, from professionals to amateurs, and showcased the beauty of cycling in this stunning part of South Africa. The success of the Amashova Durban Classic Race would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors, volunteers, and the local community. Their commitment to the event has been invaluable, and we are grateful for their contribution,” expressed Annie Batchelder, Amashova Race Director.

Photo: Elite Ladies winners : Carla Oberholzer (2nd), Jo van de Winkel (1st) & Nadia Stuckler (3rd)

Photo: Elite Ladies winners : Carla Oberholzer (2nd), Jo van de Winkel (1st) & Nadia Stuckler (3rd)

The organisers are already looking ahead to next year’s event. Plans are already in motion to make it even more thrilling and inclusive for participants. The next edition takes place on October 20th 2024.

The competition in both divisions was intense, with riders delivering remarkable performances throughout the race. The official 2023 results for the elite Men’s and Ladies’ podium positions in the 106km race are as follows:

Men's Podium

Rohan Du Plooy 2h 20m 24s 02
Jaedon Terlouw 2h 20m 24s 37
Gustav Basson 2h 20m 24s 52

Women's Podium

Jo Van de Winkel 2h 54m 16s
Carla Oberholzer 2h 54m 16s 6
Nadia Stuckler 3h 7m 30s 6

For full Amashova 2023 race results across all categories click here.

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