The climb up Hekpoort will play a big role in Dimension Data rider Kent Main’s strategy when he competes in the Bestmed Satellite Championship next weekend.
Offering routes of 110km, 84km and 60km, the road classic will take place from Maropeng on October 14.
Main’s teammates are still in Europe and while he acknowledged the importance of that support, he felt he could make a challenge this time.
“I do think it is a bit easier for a solo rider in this race, rather than the flatter routes,” said Main, who won the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope in March and placed fourth overall in the Jock Tour last month.
“Climbing is one of my strengths and on a route like this, which has a big climb up Hekpoort at about 95km, it will allow me to really put in a good move.”
The 21-year-old from Linden in Johannesburg showed his ability on the climbs in the Tour of Good Hope and he was confident that he could create a bit of pressure on Hekpoort.
He added that the Bestmed Satellite Championship was an important part of his programme as he strived to earn a spot in the Tour of Rwanda next month.
“That’s a seven-day tour so I’m training with that in mind, but the team selections have not been made yet.
“If I don’t go there, it will be the 947 Cycle Challenge, so the Satellite is an important event to build up that race power that you don’t quite get in training.”