Many versions exist. This is our story of the Tour de Boland.
Over 50 years
It is reckoned that the ‘original’ TdB started 50 years ago, and was run by the SACUS disenfranchised franchise, being the clubs and riders who were not part of the ‘official’ cycling structure in the country. The more recent and verifiable version is that a husband/wife duo in Worcester re-ignited the Tour after she became chair of the now-defunct Boland Cycling Union, circa 2004.
Hendrik Lemmer became chairman and he and Ian Goetham took over the management of the Tour, back then a ‘racing’ tour focusing attention on all Cycling South Africa licensed riders. A few years later, Carinus Lemmer wiggled his way in there, as well as a few others, and for one year the Tour was known as the Le Coq Sportif Tour de Boland.
In 2012 the Tour skipped a beat, and ASG Events’s Wynand de Villiers offered the Tour a budget of R65k to help click the reset button. The provincial government of the Western Cape was a primary supporter for many years, up till 2013, after which Boland ceased to exist, and funding disappeared in tandem.
Erase & Rewind
ASG Events took over quite a few aspects (marketing, entry-system, timekeeping, accounting) of the 2014 & 2015 organisational elements of the Tour, while Jan Slabbert and Carinus Lemmer held on to the ‘ownership’ and day-to-day planning and management.
Welcome to your Tour
After the 2015 Tour it was decided to split up with ASG and the Tour de Boland was reset as a ‘sportive’ to great fanfare. 2016 marked our rebirth and a clear direction for the future. Welcome to the Original Tour de Boland.