With just less than 11 months to go, race organisers ASG Events are already planning for the 2020 edition of the Tour of Good Hope, with entries now open.
Next year’s cycling road classic in the Cape Winelands will take place from March 2-6 and ASG chief executive Erick Oosthuizen said they were aiming to improve the overall offering.
“We admit that the first day was probably a bit short, but we will get that right for next year,” he said.
“The one venue [at Boland Landbouskool] makes it easier for most people to get to, but it also limits us a bit in terms of routes. We will take this into consideration when designing the new route for 2020.”
In an interesting development, Oosthuizen said former Springbok rugby players John Smit, Breyton Paulse and Stefan Terblanche had all committed to riding in next year’s tour.
“This is something that is developing as we go along but it will be great to have them on the tour to experience one of the country’s premier road tours,” he said.
He acknowledged that they had faced a few challenges in setting up this year’s event.
“I think it’s important to note the problems as well, and the major issues were the roadworks.
“This caused some late changes to the routes, but we are already trying to mitigate that by planning way ahead for the 2020 tour.”
The same categories will be offered as this year, with team and solo options for the amateur riders.
While introducing a team competition this year, Oosthuizen added that the solo categories remained an integral part of the overall offering.
“We do believe that there is room for a team category, but we realised that there is huge interest in the solo side of the race in the amateur competition as well.”