Teams headed out on the morning of the 1st May 2018 in descending order (Unofficial to Slowest to Fastest) at 30” intervals. This was an out and back 36km route but, for those wanting to take home a win, you needed to leave it all on the tar to take home the prize.
Barend Burger & Max Knox (Team Demacon), with no stage wins to their name, came in at 00:59:03 ultimately slipping in to steal the General Classification win by 1 minute.
Burger comments on the win, “Consistency is key at the PPS Panorama Tour. You need to make sure you don’t burn out too early. We’ve raced the Tour before so we know what to expect and we know that in the Time Trial you can gain and lose a lot of time. We rode steady stage to stage and we’re happy that the final push in the Time Trial was enough to take the overall win.”
Tokhozani Mahlangu & Thulasizwe Mxenge (Team PBC Pro 1), first time PPS Panorama Tour competitors, came in with a Time Trial time of 01:01:24. They fought pedal and stroke throughout the Tour for the Open Men’s prize and the Time Trial secured it - with 2 minutes to spare.
Mahlangu comments on the win, “It was a tough four days, and we weren’t sure we had it at the end, but with the support of our PBC teammates and the other competitors we came out on top. We’ve learned a lot from what we’ve seen here at the PPS Panorama Tour and we aim to take what we learned and apply it to future races.”
Sanet Coetzee & Elmari De Wet (Team Clover Ladies) had a clean sweep throughout the PPS Panorama Tour, taking all four stage wins to and the Open Women’s first prize.
In 2018 the PPS Panorama Tour saw an added R150 000 worth of unit trusts added to the prizes, compliments of PPS. With this, the winners will be able to invest in any of the 9 PPS unit trusts, or a combination thereof. This brought the 2018 prize money to over R260 000 in value.
Izak Smit, Group CEO of PPS concludes with a few words for all the PPS Panorama Tour riders, ”From PPS we’d like to congratulate every single rider who came to participate in the PPS Panorama Tour. Whether your goal is to be on the podium or just to complete the race, it’s a win. In our eyes, every rider here is a winner.”
The PPS Panorama Tour is officially over and will be back in 2019.
The PPS Panorama Tour is a four-day event for teams of two, taking place from the 28th April – 1st May 2018 at Casterbridge, White River, Mpumalanga. This year's Tour boasts a revamped route that is sure to inspire and challenge even the most seasoned road cyclists.
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