Meaton set the record in 2014, when he won the 58km event from Grahamstown to Port Alfred in 1:38:41. Now the Grahamstown cyclist hopes to go faster.
“It’s a bit of a fun race for me,” he told In the Bunch today. “I’d like to warm my legs a little before next weekend’s SA marathon championships and try to go as fast as I can.
“It’s one of the first races I did when I began cycling, so it holds sentimental value for me. I’d like to beat that record.”
Meaton, who won the Mine2Mine road race in Zambia just over a month ago, is wary of the two previous winners. “I’ll have to keep an eye on them,” he said.
“The route is flat and quite fast, so it suits road riders. But it’s important to push hard on the two climbs near the beginning.
“From there, if you’re ahead, it will be easier to keep the other guys pinned and go full gas all the way to the finish.”
Meaton believes he is in good form and his legs are strong so he is also looking forward to the marathon championships in Grabouw next weekend.