South Africa’s most prolific race winner, Nolan Hoffman, delivered the goods in Johannesburg earlier today to claim a hard earned victory in the inaugural Montecasino Classico road cycling race. Hoffman sprinted away in the final straight at the finish line, which was hosted inside the Montecasino Outdoor Events Arena.

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South Africa’s most prolific race winner, Nolan Hoffman, delivered the goods in Johannesburg earlier today to claim a hard earned victory in the inaugural Montecasino Classico road cycling race. Hoffman sprinted away in the final straight at the finish line, which was hosted inside the Montecasino Outdoor Events Arena.

“It’s a brilliant start to the season for me to get a win in the first race of the year,”  said Hoffman (Aluwani Pro Cycling), who also won the recent Cape Town Cycle Tour.

Hoffman completed the 90km race in 2 hours 17 minutes and 22 seconds and he was followed home by Shaun-Nick Bester in second on the same time with Josh van Wyk coming in 3rd, 50 seconds adrift. In the women’s race Carla Oberholzer snatched victory from Cherise Willet and Jo van de Winkel. All three ladies finished in 2 hours 36 minutes and 26 seconds.

“The race is definitely here to stay. It’s an amazing event. It’s such a cool initiative by Montecasino and the organisers to urbanise the sport,” said Hoffman.

“It was a privilege to ride on these roads into Montecasino, and the way in which route control was managed by JMPD, Mogale City and the marshals was spot-on,”  said Hoffman, adding, “this is such a fantastic finish right next to the Piazza.”

The Montecasino Classico offered distances over 90km and 50km and saw 2500 cyclists take part in the inaugural edition.

The race featured significant buy-in from Joburg Metro as well as Mogale City Metro who deployed a total of 132 metro police traffic officers on the race route. They were assisted by 30 motorbike escorts and more than 150 static marshals.

“We’d like to extend a big thanks to JMPD and Mogale City Metro Police,” said race spokesman Wynand de Villiers. “They were exceptional today. The level of route control in a mass participation event is dependent on the numbers in personnel from traffic and depth of their operational plan.

“It’s very challenging and intricate to create a new race blueprint; in this instance even more so to get our cyclists safely through and the urban areas around Montecasino. Metro police were exemplary in their planning and execution,” said De Villiers.

The allure of the Montecasino Classico is accentuated by the wonderful road conditions on a beautiful route, a brilliant family orientated venue as well as the venue’s vicinity to the major cycling catchment area represented by both Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The event is presented by De Villiers National Cycling and Lenick Promotions in collaboration with Montecasino, JMPD and Mogale City Metro Police.

For complete race results, go to www.racetec.co.za

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