2018 TSHWANE CLASSIC ROUTE UNVEILED

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The route for the 2018 Tshwane Classic has been tweaked to decrease the impact on the city and create a hassle-free, traffic free cycling environment. The City of Tshwane has again confirmed total road closure for the race which takes place on 4 November this year.

The city’s signature mass participation cycling event is presented in association with the City of Tshwane, Jacaranda FM and Sun Time Square. With the second chapter set to unfold on 4 November this year the city fathers are eager to promote the nation’s capital and its rich historical legacy.

After attracting a field of 5000 riders in its inaugural year, the city has a well thought out sustainable plan for the 98km and 50km events, which they aim to grow into one of the big city events in the country within the next two years.

Besides the racing aspect, which will see total road closure to ensure rider safety, race director, Darren Herbst, said they wanted to promote the historical significance of Pretoria.

“After a successful inaugural Tshwane Classic in 2017, the organisational team and numerous city stakeholders have been hard at work looking at ways to improve the route and add to this amazing experience,” said Herbst.

“2017 was a milestone for the City of Tshwane and our team. After more than a year of planning we managed to present the first full road closure city cycling race in Tshwane and this was made possible with massive support of the city.

“Since November last year we have received a lot of great feedback and constructive advice from cyclists and the public. We took it all to heart and used it as the basis for changes to the event and route for this year,” he said.

Outlining the changes, Herbst said the tweaks are exciting. “The revamped route will provide an even better experience for competitors.

“It goes without saying that safety is paramount, and we again have the full support of the City of Tshwane and all the relevant departments. This includes Tshwane Metro, Disaster Management, Medical, SAPS and various other structures who will ensure successful implementation of full road closure and keeping cyclists safe.”

In the first route change the direction going out towards Hartbeespoort Dam is different to 2017. “This year we’re not going out and back on the N4 freeway towards Hartbeespoort Dam, but rather accessing the dam from the newly resurfaced R511 and then popping onto the N4 back towards Pretoria.”

The R511 is being resurfaced and according to Herbst it will be done by race day. “This 16km stretch is cycling heaven. At 38km it’s the highest point of the race after which riders have a winding 6km decent into the valley and onto the N4 at 54km,” he said.

The new direction to Hartbeespoort has added in extra distance at the start, which has enabled the organisation to cut out the Wonderboom loop where they had a few challenges with taxis last year.

“The Tom Jenkins ascent presents itself at approximately the same kilometer marker as last year – at 86km – so for the elites it will again provide a platform for attack while for fun riders it will remain the main obstacle within the last 10km.

“There are a number of famous landmarks along the route and we are working with the municipality to create awareness of these among riders.”

Herbst’s view is backed up by Tshwane executive mayor Solly Msimanga, who has said the Tshwane Metro had thrown its weight behind the race to make it an event to remember.

The route passes by several significant landmarks, starting with the Voortrekker Monument, which is the start and finish venue for the race.

Riders pass the Kgosi Mampuru ll Correctional Centre, which was formerly known as the Pretoria Central Prison.

The route takes cyclists past the Kruger statue in the centre of Church Square, a landmark commemorating former South African president Paul Kruger.

Also, on the route are the Union Buildings, which house the executive arm of the government, designed by Sir Herbert Baker and completed in 1913.

Another major landmark on the route is Freedom Park, which was completed in 2004 and is a memorial to honour those who sacrificed their lives for freedom.

It’s an event that celebrates and explores the South Africa’s diverse people.

Msimanga said they wanted to welcome all cyclists to their historical city. “As you can see, the city has many interesting attractions and places of historical value. This race is unique on the South African cycle calendar as it is also be a tourist route.”

While the elite riders and adults tackle the road races over distances of 98km and 60km, the younger generation will be fully catered for with a series of events within the race venue at the Voortrekker Monument.

Go to www.tshwaneclassic.co.za for more information.

 

98km Route Description:

The race start is again in Eeufees Road at the entrance to the Voortrekker Monument. Access to the venue and parking have been improved and in the next few weeks detailed maps of access and parking plans will be published on the event site to ensure riders get to the start as seamlessly as possible.

  • Once through the start shoot the route heads under the N1 Freeway and makes a right turn onto Christiana De Wit for a steady 6km climb up to the right turn onto Wierda Road.
  • Once on Wierda Road the race goes over Old JHB Road and past Zwartkops Golf Course towards the R55 where at 17 km riders take a right turn onto the R55.
  • After passing Zwartkops Raceway on the left, riders head up to the left turn onto the M26 Main Road. This is the first change to last year’ s route.
  • The M26 is a long undulating stretch through an area of predominantly smallholdings and a few new developments.
  • At 36km riders take a right onto the R511 all the way to Hartbeespoort and the N4 connection.
  • At 54k the route pops over and onto the N4 Highway
  • For the next 20km its all open freeway on the N4 back towards the CBD. The wind can be a factor on this stretch and it is slightly uphill all the way, so make sure to keep a bit in the tank.
  • Once you join the short route at 75km you head straight to the left turn onto Steve Biko at 78km
  • Once onto Steve Biko it’s a short downhill before taking the sharp right onto Soutpansberg – be careful at this point as the surface is a bit loose
  • Soutpansberg Road presents the perfect time to regather and reset the mind because at 86km the route takes a right turn onto what is certainly the challenge of the day – TOM JENKINS!
  • The organisation feels Tom Jenkins really brings a great dynamic to the event and it’s honestly a feather in the cap of anyone who can say they have conquered the climb. Tom Jenkins is only about 1km in length but it takes massive effort to tame this beast.
  • Once at the top it’s downhill past the Union buildings and time to take in the view over the city.
  • Once through and out the main gate of the Union Buildings there’s a sharp left and immediate right into Johannes Ramagose Street heading past Tshwane House towards Paul Kruger Street.
  • Once riders have turned left onto Paul Kruger, take a moment to enjoy the array of amazing buildings, a trip around Church Square and the Town Hall.
  • Once off Paul Kruger the route veers left onto Kgosi Mampuru II, past the prison and onto Skietpoort Road.
  • The last 2km is a climb into Freedom Park and the finish has been brought forward and presents itself at the top of the climb towards Freedom Park.

Once through the finish riders freewheel down for 2km into the gates of the Voortrekker Monument and onto the finish village.

 

50km Route Description

 

  • The race start is again in Eeufees Road at the entrance to the Voortrekker Monument. Access to the venue and parking have been improved and in the next few weeks detailed maps of access and parking plans will be published on the event site to ensure riders get to the start as seamlessly as possible.
  • Once through the start shoot the route heads under the N1 highway and makes a right turn onto Christiana De Wit for a steady 6km climb up to the right turn onto Wierda Road.
  • Once on Wierda Road the race goes over Old JHB Road and past Zwartkops Golf Course towards the R55 where at 17 km the route takes a right turn onto the R55.
  • Once onto the R55 it’s a steady climb up to the split of the short and long route at 20km. This is also the highest point of the race for 50km riders.
  • The 50km route continues on the R55 and down to Trans Oranje Road where riders make a left turn at 27.5km
  • Just before the left turn onto Trans Oranje Road there is a sinkhole which will force the race to make a detour to the right of the road before heading back to the left. Please take extra care on this section!
  • Once on Trans Oranje it’s a short 2.5km stretch before making a right onto the N4 Highway and joining the long-distance route for the rest of the race.
  • After joining the long ride, the route heads straight to the left turn onto Steve Biko, right onto Soutpansberg and right turn onto Tom Jenkins.
  • Once at the top it’s downhill past the Union buildings, out of the main gate of the Union Buildings, sharp left and immediate right into Johannes Ramagose Street past Tshwane House towards Paul Kruger Street.
  • Once riders have turned left onto Paul Kruger, the route takes a trip around Church Square and the Town Hall before passing Kgosi Mampuru II Prison and then onto Skietpoort Road.
  • The last 2km is a climb into Freedom Park and the finish has been brought forward and presents itself at the top of the climb towards Freedom Park.
  • Once through the finish riders freewheel down for 2km into the gates of the Voortrekker Monument and onto the finish village.

 

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