Nolan Hoffman: The victory feels surreal

Hoffman lead 35,000 across the finish line at the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour.

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

CAPE TOWN - Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour winner Nolan Hoffman says his victory feels surreal.

Hoffman crossed the finish line first this morning in a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes and 31 seconds for Team Abantu.

Hoffman says the win is still sinking in.

"To win a big race like this is surreal. It begins to sink in after one sees the media reporters. For me, it's really special because it was a home race and I am from Cape Town."

Cherise Stander, the widow of mountain biker Burry Stander, won the women's race.

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

Stander's late husband was run-over by a taxi while on a training ride at Shelly Beach in KwaZulu-Natal last year.

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

It is the world's largest individually timed cycle race.

Meanwhile for those still riding, it seems the wind will be accompanying thousands of cyclists.

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