Andrew Hill crossed the line in second place, with Willie van Eck completing the podium.
“A 60km route is always tough at altitude – starting at like 1 300m or so and riding up to, at some points, 1 600m. Riding at altitude your initial acceleration is always going to be muted and going to be knocked back down quite quickly,” said Hill.
He added that the pace quickened from the beginning of the race.
“Stuart, myself and Tyronne White kicked and Willie followed, so there was a group of us that formed. That was whittled down going up to the King of the Mountains.
“Stuart kicked hard and I went with him. I dropped off and then Willie and myself went on and rode from there until the second big climb where I got a bit of a gap over Willie and had to just time-trial to the finish.”
The women’s event was won by Frances Janse van Rensburg. Last year’s winner Christie Hearder came second, with Hayley Smith third.
View more provisional results below:
|3||Willie van Eck||2:31:27|
|7||Brendan van Eeden||2:38:28|
|9||Dean van Dyk||2:41:26|
|10||Owen le Roux||2:42:35|
|1||Frances Janse van Rensburg||2:57:09|