Despite the presence of SAs top professional road cyclist, Robert Hunter, and whole posse of SAs top road pros victory at the Ride Crater Cruise will still go to a mountain-biker, says SA mountain-bike ace, Fritz Pienaar.
In fact Im quite sure of it; you could even say positive, Pienaar continued.
The first part of the course, around 70km, is open and fast and not too technical, and all the mountain-bikers will have to do is be clever and hang onto the pace until they get to the single track, technical section where I anticipate that one, two or even three, mountain-bikers will get away, he explained.
There are a few more quite technical sections after that, and I really cant see the road guys staying with us over those, added a very confident Pienaar.
However, the dusty roads around Parys will surely hold few fears for someone like Hunter, who relishes the traditional classic challenge of the Paris- Roubaix.
Anyone who has faced the Hell of the North in Europe might well find themselves thoroughly at home experiencing some red-hot racing in Africas largest comet crater.
The inaugural Ride Crater Cruise takes place on Saturday, October 16, and on-line entries can still be made at www.cyclelab.com