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Monday, February 26, 2018

The 2018 Bestmed Tour of Good Hope is turning pink this year as ASG Events joined hands with the cancer organisation Pink Trees for Pauline. The Bestmed Tour of Good Hope is South Africa's premier road stage race and on the ‘racing bucket list’ of many cyclists as THE race to conquer.  The team of cyclists racing for Pink Trees for Pauline boasts with the Top 2 men’s cyclists of the 2017 Bestmed Tour of Good Hope and Annemie Koen, winner of the female age group 30-34 at the SA Championships!

Annemie Koen, daughter of the ex-professional cyclist Johnnie Koen, was born into cycling and she’s undoubtedly making her mark as a champion female cyclist.  Tom Briggs took second place in the Open Category of the 2017 TOGH and his passion for cycling shines through in his summation “Whether it’s peddling to work, cruising to the shops, touring around a new country or racing in a group, cycling always allows me to absorb the world around me and creates good memories. Cycling keeps my mind and body balanced.”  Dorian Wrigley was the winner in the Open Category of the 2017 Bestmed Tour of Good Hope.  Dorian has cycled most of his life but took to the roads more seriously seven years ago.  He trains approximately 12 hours a week and hopes to be a real contender for the yellow jersey again this year.

The Tour of Good Hope incorporates five days of racing from 5-9 March 2018 with a participant limit of 750 riders over a total distance of 490KM, with 5218M of vertical ascent.  The Pink Trees for Pauline cyclists will be cycling in the Open Solo Category, which is a mixed group and at the end of the 5 stages the Yellow jerseys are taken by the best man and best woman with the lowest overall time for the 5 day event.  Dorian Wrigley explained that stage 1 is a flat course where one can expect bunch sprints and as a result most of the top contenders will finish with the same time. Day 2, the individual time trial were riders leave at 1 minute intervals and compete against the clock, will begin to identify the yellow jersey contenders as large time gaps will begin to separate riders in the General Classification. Stage 3 & 4 are mountain stages which will favour the climbers. Whilst stage 5, known as the ‘Paarl Rock’ stage, starts out flat but ends with a proper sting in the tail with a steep climb to the  Taal Monument.  Clearly iron legs and tremendous lung capacity is a prerequisite for this challenge!  The aim of Pink Trees for Pauline is to raise funds to assist people affected by cancer with their right to access to cancer treatment. It is because of the project’s sustainability that collaboration with South Africa’s iconic cancer organisation, CANSA, is a winning recipe.    Master Cargo, situated in Durbanville, Cape Town, partnered with Pink Trees for Pauline and with this partnership wants to benefit the local cancer community.

Mike Krzyzewski said "To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless." The cyclists racing for Pink Trees for Pauline are the embodiment of hope and perseverance of so many fighting cancer…the symbol of a selfless act of those supporting cancer communities.  Contact mimi@gojipr.net for more information on the race.  For more information on the cancer organisation Pink Trees for Pauline contact Managing Director Adri Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen at adri@pinktrees.co.za.