The second edition of the Tshwane Diamond Cycle Classic takes place at the Baviaanspoort Correctional Centre on 24 May on the outskirts of Pretoria and everything is in place to present cyclists and their families with another delightful day out in secure surroundings.
This year the event boasts the distinction of having official seeding status for the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
“The facility is beautiful and safe, which enables us to present an array of other activities inside the grounds of Baviaanspoort for kids, spectators as well as personnel working at the Centre,” said the Hectic Promotions non-profit company director Mauritz Meyer.
Hectic Promotions has been hard at work with its welfare projects in Cullinan and surrounds since the inaugural edition. “The location of the Correctional Centre is perfect to enable participation from Mamelodi, Hammanskraal and other informal settlements in the area.
“We are again working with Gauteng North Cycling to assist development riders with free entry and this year we have launched a concerted drive with the provincial body to create more clubs in the area to allow the development of more cyclists.
“The goal with these initiatives isn’t just to try and produce more and better cyclists who may one day go on to become professional, but the immediate benefits are very tangible with youngsters staying off the streets and out of trouble,” said Meyer.
Adriana Randall, member of the provincial legislature for the Cullinan area, is full of praise for the event and the difference it has made in her constituency.
“My engagement with Hectic Promotions started four years ago with the establishment of the Tshwane Classic and over this time with the numerous charity projects which are funded by the company in the city.
“The company has made a remarkable difference in the lives of Tshwane residents with its work at the Tshwane Medical Clinics, Libraries, the Winter Woollies knitting project, the Green Caps recycling initiative and its contribution to the revamping of pre-primary schools in providing equipment and establishing meal projects.
“Following the success of the Tshwane Classic which, in just three years, vested itself South Africa’s third largest cycling race, Hectic Promotions launched the Diamond Classic cycling race in Cullinan in 2019 and it’s been a fulfilling experience to see the success of this initiative.
“The event is presented to raise funds for the Hectic Promotions community-based projects in Cullinan. It’s also aimed at promoting tourism in the area and alleviating poverty in the communities of Mamelodi, Soshanguve, GA Rankuwa, Eersterust, Hammanskraal and the broader Cullinan community,” said Randall.
“Keeping kids active keeps them off the street and gives them goals in life to strive for. The Tshwane Diamond Classic attracted 2000 cyclists in its inaugural edition in 2019 and the field included 350 cyclists from townships who received free entry. Local government is committed to the success and sustainability of the race,” said Randall.
“It is with strong conviction that I endorse the organisational capability of Hectic Promotions. Besides being leaders in their field of sports event management, their welfare contributions and projects are well documented.
“They also have extensive experience in working with government and corporate sector stakeholders and have already surpassed all the objectives set out for the Tshwane Classic and Diamond Classic,” said Randall.
The Diamond Classic offers two main event route options of 110km and 50km, which both start and finish at the Baviaanspoort Correctional Facility just outside Pretoria on the R513 on the way to Cullinan.
The race is presented in memory of Centurion cyclist Andrew Randall who was tragically killed on his bike before last year’s edition.
Cullinan and surrounds represent the perfect route option for a mass participation road cycling event with delightfully quiet roads and good road surfaces, and it’s all very adjacent to Pretoria.
The 110km route presents 1030 metres of elevation gain and is mildly undulating, except for a sharp climb on the outskirts of Cullinan at the Petra Diamond Mine up to the 18km mark, which is set to stretch the bunches early on.
The 50km route presents 561metres of vertical ascent and cuts out the long-distance loop towards Bronkhorstspruit and back.
A kids’ race (3-4-year-olds and 5-7-year-olds) and 5km fun walk for the entire family is presented in conjunction with the road race inside the grounds of the Baviaanspoort Correctional Facility.
To enter and for more information go to www.hecticpromotions.co.za
TSHWANE DIAMOND CLASSIC – QUICK FACTS
Date: 24 May 2020
Venue: Baviaanspoort Correctional Facility (Zambezi Drive off-ramp R513 off N1 towards Cullinan)
Distances: 110km, 50km
Kids Rides (2-4-year-olds and 5-7-year-olds) and 5km Fun Walk: 08h00 (enter with a R10 donation at Rugby Stadium Race Office on the morning)
Timed by RaceTec
To access the 110km Strava Route go to https://www.strava.com/routes/16875005
To access the 50km Strava Route go to https://www.strava.com/routes/16874877
Number collection will take place at the following venues:
Tuesday 19 May 2020: 10h00 – 16h00 The Bicycle Company (Larch Street, Centurion)
Wednesday 20 May 2020: 10h00 – 16h00 Cycle Lab Boksburg Megastore (North Rand Road, Boksburg)
Thursday 21 May 2020: 10h00 – 16h00 Cycle Lab Fourways Megastore (Nicol Grove, Johannesburg)
Friday 22 May 2020: 10h00 – 16h00 Solomons Cycles (Lynwood, Pretoria)
Saturday 23 May 2020: 09h00 – 13h00 Solomons Cycles (Gerrit Maritz Street, Pretoria North)
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.
RELEASED BY HECTIC PROMOTIONS.
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