Ace BCX professional cyclist Clint Hendricks will again adopt a support role as his outfit eye further success when they tackle the Bestmed Jock Classic road race in Mpumalanga on Saturday.
The one-day event is being held for the 35th time, making it one of the oldest road races in the country. It will cover 151km, split into three stages, from Mbombela to Sabie, via White River, and then back to the start.
With BCX riders Chris Jooste [Knysna Cycle Tour] and Marc Pritzen [Kremetart] having good wins recently, Hendricks said his focus would be on delivering another top podium spot for the team.
“I am targeting the big classics towards the end of the year so I’m not quite ready for this one yet,” added Hendricks, who was a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist this year.
“Our team is looking pretty good at this stage, with guys like Chris and Marc having some good results.
“With David and Steve in the mix, we are in good spirits and there will be plenty of motivation to keep the momentum going.”
A one-day race split into three stages presented its own challenges, said Hendricks.
“It’s quite challenging with the stops that are built into the event, because you cool down and it can be difficult to get back into your rhythm.
“But it does make for interesting competition because the stages are short, so there is some intense racing during the day.”
The first stage will take the peloton from Mbombela to White River over a distance of 42km. The second covers 45km to Sabie, including the climb up Spitskop.
The final stage will be contested over 63km back to Mbombela and includes the gruelling Long Tom Pass.
The Jock Classic, presented by Rudy Project, is a seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
The event is open to all amateur riders and anyone interested can still enter today. For more information, go to www.thejock.co.za.