The annual seven-day event, supported by STANLIB and Volvo, starts in Knysna and ends in Franschhoek on February 10. It takes riders on a 614km challenge through many highly popular trails in the Western Cape.
“The TransBreede Ultra was my first race of the season and that is always a bit of a shock to the body. But my form is good and I am motivated and positive about the TransCape.”
Based in Paarl, Kruger said he was reasonably familiar with the challenges which lay ahead.
“I have ridden some of the trails, but there may be a few areas which I have not experienced. However, I am quite excited to be taking on that challenge, rather than nervous.”
He is also looking forward to linking up with Stuart Marais of Durban for this event. Riding for ASG-Ellsworth, Kruger said he and Marais were positive about their form.
“We have not ridden together before, although I have raced against him a few times. He is a talented rider and is motivated, so that gives me a good feeling about things.”
He said they would definitely be aiming for the top podium spot.
“Any stage wins will be a bonus, but we are looking to finish on top. The main thing is stay upright, not suffer too many mechanicals and take the opportunities when they arise.”
However, he admitted that Kruger and Marais were the overall favourites.
With UCI status having been granted to the race, a number of professional overseas riders have entered.