- SA stars on track at continental championships
- ‘Technical session’ brings out the best in Van Rensburg
- Relay quartet speed to second fastest 4×100 time
- SA longboard trio go down in Papua New Guinea
- Sauser/Kulhavy’s win makes up ground at Cape Epic
- Third consecutive NYC Half victory for Van Dyk
- Olympian Oosthuizen starts season with top-10 finish
- Track stars shine as riders pay respect to the late Zaki
- Scorching weather shortens Cape Epic stage but the racing’s still hot
- Sullwald, Fischer seal national elite titles in Aldam
Some statistics lie. These don’t…
- Updated: March 18, 2009
Amazing statistics have emerged following the rubber-stamping of the official results from the recent Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in Cape Town. Arran Brown, of Team Medscheme, may have won a thrilling final sprint from Barloworld’s Robbie Hunter, but that doesn’t tell the story of the race.
The ÔÇ£ArgusÔÇØ is the biggest participative cycle race in the world, though this year it was ridden in atrocious, near gale force conditions. Some 10,000 cyclists failed to pitch up for the start, no doubt pulling back the curtains, seeing the contitions and going back to sleep.
Those who did brave the elements however, all have a story to tell.
As do the statistics:
Last year, 1,781 riders did a ÔÇ£sub-three hoursÔÇØ, In 2009 only 111 managed it.
Last year, 12,844 riders did a ÔÇ£sub-four hoursÔÇØ. In 2009 only 4,467 managed it.
Last year, 21,765 riders did a ÔÇ£sub-five hoursÔÇØ. In 2009 only 12,077 managed it.
Of the 73 start groups, only two made it through the first 100m without anyone crashing.
Penny Krohn retained her record of 25 consecutive age group victories.
The ÔÇ£Magnificent SevenÔÇØ all retained their perfect record of finishing every Tour so far.