Cape crusaders

Cape Rouleur adventurers
By Michael Ormerod
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 15:38
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Four cyclists from the Redhill and Oxted Cycling Clubs competed in the International Cape Rouleur, a 4 day stage race around Cape Town.

Starting on 5th March, Peter Farnfield , Stuart Bunt, Chris Stone (Redhill CC) and Steve Taylor (Oxted CC) spent a gruelling four days in the saddle. The event started with a time trial followed by three stage races of 150 km each. The times for each section were added together to give the final placings.

Stuart Bunt and Chris Stone were 6th and 7th respectively and Peter Farnfield 17th out of 44 riders in the Grand Masters division (male riders over 50 years old). Steve Taylor had a puncture during a key stage on the last day so did not get a placing

Peter Farnfield, the Redhill CC Chair, said:
“We were excited to be taking part in this international event. The scenery was breathtaking and the riding fast and furious”.

After a couple of days rest they were due to ride the Cape Town Cycle Tour (previously the Argus), reputably the largest cycling event in the world with 35,000 participants. Unfortunately, due to winds gusting up to 80 mph, the event was cancelled.