The Annual Toti 69er took place on Sunday 14 July 2013. With almost 700 cyclists taking part in the 2013 Hypersure Toti 69er Cycle Challenge.
The scenic coastal route produced some exciting racing, with a group of about 40 riders battling it out to the end. In the last 10 kilometres it was comparable to Tour de France racing, as a small bunch of 4 managed to break the shackles and get away on their own which resulted in a battle to the finish line. Luke Roberts managed to take the win, with Deno van Heerden and Peter-Lee Jefferies in second and third respectively. The final sprint at 60+km/hr, had the crowd at the finish line on their feet and making a noise.
Another group arrived a few seconds later, with the larger group, the racing was more intense. A group of 8 riders tested the texture of the tarmac when they came across a fresh diesel spill at the top of Scottburgh Hill. Fortunately there were no serious injuries Local man Alan Henry had a great ride to grab tenth place overall and 3rd Vet 40-49, while Toti Club’s own Jannie Els fought his way to the front of the very competitive “Gentlemen’s race” (over 50’s) and managed to grab third in this highly competitive age group. This is a fitting reward for all the work that Jannie puts into his cycling.
The 69er Funride was won by Marc Adam, with Toti’s Giovanni Rizza in a fine 4th. The 19 km Quickie was won by Ryan Stroberg from Reece Sclanders and Aaron Wood. Behind the “racers” came the huge number of recreational riders in all three distances, in all shapes and sizes. Each one of course with their own goals for the day. Some of them just trying to make it to the finish, and some determined to beat their buddies. Whatever the reason, they take up the challenge and have lots of fun doing it.