The organisers of the inaugural Joburg Classic have confirmed the date for Joburg’s new mass participation cycling race. The event will take place on 29 March 2020.
Explaining the date, race organiser, Mauritz Meyer, said they felt the need had arisen for Joburg to host its own mass participation race in the first half of the season as a result of the dwindling numbers of Gauteng participants in the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
“Our research has shown that Gauteng based participation in the Cycle Tour had declined to such an extent that Joburg was ready for its own big event over this time.
“I can still remember a time, not so long ago when Joburg boasted events back to back in February and March that each attracted in excess of 5000 riders. They were the Emperors Palace Classic, Ride4Sight and Carnival City Macsteel Classic.
“Gauteng cyclists love riding their bikes over this time and with the decline in the Cape Town traveling contingent we feel the time is right to introduce a new big Joburg race in the first half of the season.
“The date of 29 March for the Joburg Classic also makes sense because it falls two weeks after the Cape Town Cycle Tour, so it will also accommodate cyclists who also take part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
“The route through the Cradle is well thought out; it’s nicely balanced and safe. We look forward to establishing this wonderful bike race, which will add immense value to the Joburg Metro and its residents in the same way the Tshwane Classic has done in the Tshwane Metro,” said Meyer.
The venue for the Joburg Classic is the entertaining GOG Lifestyle Park just off Malibongwe Drive in Lanseria and the route offers distances over 95km, 45km and 20km.
The venue is central for riders from both Joburg and Pretoria. It sits on the corner of the first intersection towards Honeydew from the Malibongwe off-ramp off the N14 Krugersdorp Freeway.
GOG Lifestyle Park presents ample parking, ablutions and catering facilities to accommodate a mass participation cycling event.
It also boasts a wide array of adventure activities which will keep families entertained throughout the day. Riders and families receive free entry into the park.
For more info on the venue go to https://gog.co.za/lifestyle-parks/
The Joburg Classic signature 95km distance offers a well-balanced route with 1100 metres of vertical ascent. It’s challenging and interesting throughout and the climb back to Malibongwe Drive on the Elandsdrift Road presents the final major obstacle before the finish.
For most of the way the route meanders through the Cradle and has been designed to offer two shorter distances as well over 45km and 20km.
The starting times for these distances have been worked out nicely so that the short distance riders join after the fast groups in the 95km at the joining points.
Riders will be familiar with some sections of the route, which also form part of the Berge en Dale race, but the Joburg Classic doesn’t include the Hillsnacks or Sterkfontein climbs and it cuts out the Brandvlei Road.
Hectic Promotions boasts a proven record of accomplishment in presenting mass participation cycling events which fulfil the requirements of sponsors, stakeholders and participants.
“We are recognised by Cycling South Africa and the cycling public as one of South Africa’s foremost cycling event organisation companies and we boast a history of presenting prestigious events on the national cycling calendar,” said Meyer.
Hectic Promotions launched the Bestmed Tshwane Classic in partnership with the Tshwane Metro and Jacaranda FM in 2017 and the event has established itself as an unprecedented success story in mass participation cycling events in South Africa.
The Bestmed Tshwane Classic attracted 5000 cyclists in its first staging and more than 7000 this year.
“Similar support from Mogale City and the Johannesburg Metro is crucial for the Joburg Classic and this will enable us to fast-track the success of the race.
“We’re very excited to launch the Joburg Classic and we will announce a major media partnership soon.
“We firmly believe we can implement the successful blueprint of the Bestmed Tshwane Classic on its Joburg counterpart and consequently vest the Joburg Classic as a signature mass participation event on the South African sporting landscape,” he concluded.
JOBURG CLASSIC – QUICK FACTS
Date: 29 March 2020
Venue: GOG Lifestyle Park, Lanseria (Malibongwe Drive off-ramp off the N14)
Distances: 95km, 45km, 20km
Kids Rides (2-4-year-olds and 5-7-year-olds) and 5km Fun Walk: 08h30 (enter on-line or at the venue on the morning)
Timed by RaceTec
The event caters for all categories of licensed CSA cyclists as well as open/seeded riders. Riders will be seeded in bunches according to the Cycle Events National Seeding Ladder.
Number collection will take place at the following venues:
Tuesday 24 March: 2020: 10h00 – 16h00 Solomons Cycles (Lynwood, Pretoria)
Wednesday 25 March 2020: 10h00 – 16h00 Cycle Lab Boksburg Megastore (North Rand Road, Boksburg)
Thursday 26 March 2020: 10h00 – 16h00 Cycle Lab Fourways Megastore (Nicol Grove, Johannesburg)
Friday 27 March 2020: 10h00 – 16h00 The Bicycle Company (Larch Street, Centurion)
Saturday 28 March 2020: 09h00 – 13h00 Solomons Cycles (Gerrit Maritz Street, Pretoria North)
Entries for kids rides on the morning for R50.
More information and entries: www.hecticpromotions.co.za
Race office phone: 083 534 7979
About Hectic Promotions: Hectic Promotions is a registered non-profit corporation and boasts a proven record of accomplishment in presenting mass participation cycling events which fulfil the requirements of sponsors, stakeholders and participants.
It is one of the foremost cycling event organisation companies in South Africa with a long history of presenting prestigious events on the national cycling calendar that benefit several community-based charity projects.
Released by De Villiers National Cycling, on behalf of the Joburg Classic.
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