Cape Argus Cycle Tour: Nolan Hoffman wins

Nolan Hoffman of team Abantu was first of 35,000 participants to cross the finish line.

Nolan Hoffman of team Abantu wins the 2014 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour on 9 March. Picture: Twitter: @danievdbergh

CAPE TOWN - The winner of this year's Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour is Nolan Hoffman of team Abantu.

The thirty-sixth annual 109 kilometre circular route from Cape Town down the Cape Peninsula and back kicked off just after 6am this morning.

Riders getting ready for the 6:15 am start of the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour on 9 March 2014. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN Sport

Some 35,000 cyclists are taking part - 4,000 of whom are visitors to South Africa.

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour is the world's largest individually timed cycle race.

A member of the South African Weather Service says strong winds predicted for today will be present along most parts route.

"We expect between 45 and 50 kilometres an hour from the South."

The Pedal Power Association (PPA)'s Steve Hayward says although the wind is concerning, it will not dampen their spirits.

"The wind will be in our faces and quite strong but I think cyclists are going out there to enjoy themselves."

They've urged members of the public to lend their support at vantage points along the way.

Meanwhile Burry Stander's widow, Cherise has won the elite women's race in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour.

This is her third cycle tour win after taking the honours in 2008 and 2011.

Her late husband, mountain biker, Burry Stander, was run-over by a taxi while on a training ride at Shelly Beach in KwaZulu-Natal last year.