Potgieter, who finished seventh in last year’s road race that also included an individual time-trial and criterium, felt this year would be different.
“We’re not the favourites to win the tour overall, but I believe we can use this to our advantage to perhaps ride off the other teams a bit and wait for an opportunity to make a move for a stage win.
“Also [we can] possibly put some pressure on the overall tour contenders.”
The 29-year-old, who recently won the 60km Sondela MTB Classic in Bela-Bela, said he aimed to guide his teammates throughout.
He joined the team earlier this year and took on a mentoring and management role. “I’ll jam down some experience and insight into how the race is playing out.”
Potgieter added that he enjoyed the event as it was not a normal one-day weekend classic.
“There are a lot more challenges such as big climbs, a time-trial and criterium. Recovery is also key in preparing for the following stage.
“Personally, I’m looking forward to the time-trial as we don’t get many opportunities to race this discipline in South Africa.”
He felt BCX would be their biggest threat as they were coming to the event as the favourites. “They have a few cards to play for stages and general classification.”
Lowveld Tour stages
Thursday, August 9 (stage one)
Swadini – Hoedspruit – Swadini
Friday, August 10 (stage two)
JG Strijdom Tunnel – Graskop and Return
Saturday, August 11 (stage three)
Swadini – Orpen – Swadini
Sunday, August 12 (stage four)
45 minutes + one lap
Laps: 1.96 km