South Africa’s premier stage road race over 491km, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, will see the ProTouch rider take another shot at the title he lost by one second to Kent Main a year ago.
“That one second has been a bit of a thorn in the side for a year,” the 25-year-old Van Musschenbroek said.
“It’s definitely something I would like to try to make right in my own head.”
This time he is pinning his hopes on strong team support, with the ProTouch outfit showing good form. Last week they delivered Reynard Butler to top spot on the podium in the Bestmed Berge en Dale.
“Our preparations are all on track and there is a lot more depth in our team this year,” said Van Musschenbroek.
“We have more than one option this time and everyone’s on a good level. We definitely want to go for the win this year.”
He admitted, however, that they faced stiff competition.
“Definitely there is going to be a high level of racing this year, with lots of teams out to prove a point.
“Dimension Data (for whom Main now rides) have won the race before and they are always strong, while a team like BCX will also be contenders.”
In the absence of defending women’s champion Candice Lill, the in-form SA road race champion Carla Oberholzer will be one of the strong contenders for the title.
The Demacon Women’s Team rider, however, will be on her own for the event as her teammates will only be joining her for the Cape Town Cycle Tour on March 11.
Admitting being on her own would make it a bit more difficult, Oberholzer said she was still focused on taking the win.
“It’s very different on your own, but my plan is just to take it stage by stage,” she said.