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Tour Durban: Rising star Josh Rheeders hungry for hometown honours

Rising Durban street biking star Josh Rheeders is focusing on his hometown traditional when the Tour Durban elite race is held on Sunday 28 November

Rheeders is raring to place the numerous months of pandemic lockdown frustration to mattress with a strong efficiency towards a number of the greatest professionals in a calendar immediately filled with huge street races.

Tour Durban an excellent alternative for younger bicycle owner

The 21-year-old Glenwood racer began out as a mountain biker and shortly rose to prominence as a schoolboy, after which fell for the enchantment and calls for of street racing.

Earlier in October Rheeders turned heads by ending twelfth total and racing onto the rostrum within the Under 23 age group on the upcountry Blue Diamond Classic. It was a welcome return to elite racing for the aspiring teenager after two years of mass cancellations of elite street races underneath the pandemic lockdown.

“This pandemic has really messed with everyone’s training,” he stated. “The worst is not knowing. Now I just want to race as much as possible.”

As a Durban-based particular person rider Rheeders typically has the percentages stacked towards him having to race towards the large groups and likewise journey to nearly each main occasion.

“The aQuellé Tour Durban is right on my doorstep – I literally rode to the start from my front door the last time I did it!” stated Rheeders.

Rheeders senses that lots of the nation’s huge names can be on the beginning line, regardless of the temptation of the Double Century within the Cape the day earlier than the aQuellé Tour Durban.

“All of the clubs have the Tour Durban on their calendar, and it is a title that the big teams want to win,” he stated.

“With the 947 the weekend before and the Tour de Cap soon afterwards, it will be easy for the top riders to carry their form over that period,” the Dino van Heerden Cyles/Rhedoliv athlete identified.

The younger racer says the 101km race format for the elites can be powerful as a result of the space and quick, flat format on the M4 will make staying with the breakaway of paramount significance.

“Those drags get really hard when you are going at 50 kilometres per hour so you have to stay in the bunch. I was at the back of the last race when it came into the finish at Moses Mabhida and it was amazing to watch the big teams taking their sprinters to the line,” he stated.

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